Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month which was kicked off with “Light it up Blue” ; a fantastic initiative to generate awareness in the many communities around the world. We participated by lighting up our house in blue. It was easy because we hadn’t taken down the Christmas lights yet and it was so convenient that they happened to be blue. Albeit, I am not sure how much interest or awareness we created because no one asked why on earth we had our Christmas lights on in April which would have given us an opportunity to answer.
Being the parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder “ASD” I believe that any chance we get to promote awareness is of great benefit not only to Autism but to other plights as well. It’s important to me that acceptance and inclusion of everyone makes our world an easier and better place to live. I have watched my son learn and grow in his school community and I see his peers supporting him in ways I never could have imagined. I have witnessed how important this is to the school community as a whole. It builds esteem for all because they are working together. Every child involved feels included and I am grateful for that.
So what to do now that “Light it Up Blue” has come and gone…
April 2, 2011 was World Autism Awareness Day but for me it doesn’t end there. This year I wanted to do more. I had started this year compiling some video of the kids and found some really beautiful moments. Not really knowing what I wanted to do with these and since “home movies” are only exciting for those involved I simply filed them.
Then inspiration hit again. Jodi and I recorded a song we ‘channeled’ called “Feel”. I prefer ‘channel’ to actually saying I wrote it. I’ll explain another day. As a result, it felt like the only right thing to do with this song was to put it to video and then ask for your help in spreading the message for the “Autism Awareness” campaign.
So won’t you please join us and help by sharing via a click of a button…
We would like to generate as much awareness as possible throughout the remainder of this month. You can access the video link above or right here “Feel”. We are very grateful that you would do this with us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Here are some quick stats on Autism via “Autism Speaks Canada”
Together with Autism Speaks, the founding organization in the United States, Autism Speaks Canada has grown into North America’s largest autism science, awareness and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
The statistics are shocking:
- 1 out of every 110 children will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Four times as many boys than girls will be diagnosed:1 in 70
- Autism is more prevalent than pediatric cancer, AIDS and diabetes combined.
- It can cost $80-$100K each year to treat someone with autism.
- There is no medical detection for autism.
- There is no known cure.
- Autism doesn’t ‘go away’ .. it is a lifelong condition.
Join with us as we work to effect change for the Canadian autism community.
Autism Speaks .. its time to listen.