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April is Autism Awareness Month!

Posted by Linda Nakagawa on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

During the month of April, we celebrate National Autism Awareness Month. This month was created by the Autism Society of America in April of 1970 to promote awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with autism. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects an individual’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Symptoms often appear in early childhood and recognition of the signs can increase early diagnosis and interventionwhich can change lives.  

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Autism Prevalence & The Importance of Early Intervention

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

We mentioned on the blog last week that April is Autism Awareness Month and today I wanted to bring some facts to light, regarding the rates of earlier evaluation for children. While the prevalence of autism remains steady, the rates of earlier evaluation for children are still lagging and don't meet the desired goals, according to the latest data from the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.

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April is Autism Awareness Month & We're Not Fooling Around

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Fri, Apr 01, 2016 @ 08:34 AM

Today may be April Fools Day - but we're choosing to focus on the fact that it's also the first day of Autism Awareness Month. More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder, with a prevalance estimated at 1 in every 68 births (CDC, 2014)

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The Important Role of the Media in Starting a 'Dialogue on Disability'

Posted by Elizabeth Chatterton on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 @ 10:24 AM

As Mad Man Don Draper once said, "If you don't like what's being said, change the conversation."

Two influential organizations in the Rochester, NY community are doing just that. And it's commendable. They've embarked on an education-based mission to make sure people with disabilities are seen, heard, and understood -  and they're prompting important conversations that are in many cases, overdue. 

Our public broadcasting station WXXI and the Al Sigl Community of Agencies have partnered on weeklong programming for a “Dialogue on Disability” initiative.

The talk radio and television shows are designed to encourage conversations about the abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. The programming will run from Jan. 10 through 17. Some offerings I'm most looking forward to include:

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Tags: Autism, Inspirational Individuals, Inclusion, ID/DD News