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April is Autism Awareness Month

April 3, 2020 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. autism. The prevalence is 1 in 42 for boys and 1 in 189 for girls. The more we understand about autism, the more we will be able to support children with autism and their families.

While there is currently no cure for autism, research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development and overall quality of life. Autism Awareness Month gives us an opportunity to educate people about and aid in early detection.

Coping During COVID-19

Children with autism are facing special challenges during the COVID-19 response. They may be unable to have access to their usual support team of therapists and doctors. They may be frightened by news reports.  These children often struggle with sensory issues that will make adapting to social distancing, stay-at-home orders and other requirements in the COVID-19 environment more difficult. The National Autism Association has put together a list of resources to help if you or someone you love has autism and needs extra support during these unsure times.    

It’s Time to Celebrate People with Autism

You can help celebrate diversity and inclusion during Autism Awareness month by sharing this informational graphic from the Autism Society.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of people with autism and their families. 

At Chimes, we believe in helping people with disabilities live their fullest lives by focusing on their abilities instead of their challenges. Find out more at https://chimes.org/