April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month

During the month of April, the Autism Society of North Carolina encourages the public to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the resources available to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Autism affects 1 out of every 110 children born today, making it the second most common developmental disability. On average, more than two North Carolina families have a child diagnosed with autism every day. There are nearly 60,000 individuals with autism in North Carolina.

The need and demand for autism services continues to increase with the rate of autism incidence. Necessary services for children include early intervention, educational options, and speech and behavior therapies. And adults with autism need vocational assistance, social skills training, and housing.

“The Autism Society of North Carolina has been the leading autism advocacy organization in our state for over 40 years,” says Tracey Sheriff, Chief Executive Officer for the Autism Society of North Carolina. “Autism is a growing public health concern that impacts every county in North Carolina. Autism Awareness Month is the time to learn more and get involved.”

To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, the Autism Society of North Carolina and its statewide network of local chapters will provide opportunities to increase awareness and make a difference in the lives of those affected by autism. For a complete list of training workshops, events, and promotions, please visit http://www.autismsociety-nc.org or call 1-800-442-2762.

Background:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which includes Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified, is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Currently, there are nearly 60,000 individuals with autism in North Carolina and more than 1.5 million people with ASD living in the United States.

The Autism Society of North Carolina was founded in 1970 by a group of parents who were concerned about the lack of diagnostic and treatment services for their children. Since then, the Autism Society of North Carolina has become the foremost resource in the state for connecting people who live with ASD (and those who care about them) with resources, support, advocacy and information.

Additional information about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Autism Society of North Carolina is available by calling 1-800-442-2762 or by visiting http://www.autismsociety-nc.org.

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