Let’s Educate Ourselves This National Autism Awareness Month

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Let’s all make an effort to get informed this National Autism Awareness Month.

April is National Autism Awareness Month.  This monthly designation was born in 1970 as part of the Autism Society’s ongoing efforts to promote autism awareness and dispel some of the common misconceptions surrounding individuals on the autism spectrum.  This year, the Autism Society of America is proud to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month with its new “Celebrating Differences” campaign.  As this campaign centers around building better awareness for the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, let’s learn more about this condition.

  • About 1 in 59 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • About one percent of the world population has ASD.
  • More than 3.5 million Americans have ASD.
  • ASD affects all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
  • ASD is about four times more common in males than in females.
  • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%-18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.
  • About 44% of children diagnosed with ASD have average to above-average intellectual ability.
  • While ASD can be diagnosed in children as young as two, most children are not diagnosed until age four.
  • Parents of children with ASD often notice developmental problems before their child’s first birthday. Concerns about vision and hearing are often reported in the child’s first year, and differences in social, communication, and fine motor skills are evident in the child’s first six months.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we learn more this National Autism Awareness Month.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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