April is Autism Awareness Month

2014Apr30_GenPharma_A2April 2nd, 2014 was the 7th annual World Autism Awareness Day. On this day every year, autism organizations around the world such as Autism Speaks and the Autism Society honor the day with unique awareness and fundraising events. Throughout the entire month of April, individuals and organizations hold events to raise funds for research, training and care, as well as awareness about the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.

  • Autism spectrum disorder currently impacts 1 in 68 children in America.

  • That’s a 30% increase in just two years!

According to healthcare professionals, the earlier a child is diagnosed with autism, the better their chances of overcoming difficulties and living a more normal life. The funds raised during Autism Awareness Month are critically important for educating the healthcare community and general public to recognize the developmental problems associated with ASD.

According to Robert Ring, chief science officer for Autism Speaks, autism is a lifelong disorder that requires care and services that only begin at the time of diagnosis. The funds raised during awareness days provide crucial financial support for the proper training of professionals to help care for those with autism.

Through a variety of events, Autism Awareness Month celebrates the unique skills and talents of people with autism.

  • Presidential and Congressional declarations

  • Local activities and community events

  • Online activities and events

Get Involved

There are several ways you can show your support for autism this month.

  • Share the National Autism Awareness Month Badge on your social media profiles such as Twitter and Facebook.

  • Sign up for the Autism Matters e-newsletter to learn more about how you can help in the fight against autism.

  • Talk to your friends and family about autism.

  • Show your support with the Autism Puzzle Ribbon. Wear it on your shirt, place a sticker on your car, upload it to your blog or facebook profile.

  • Plan an event of your own. Run a race of plan a silent auction to raise awareness and funds.

This month, we encourage members of our community to pause for autism. We look forward to seeing you at [company_short] soon!

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