Tuesday, April 2, 2013

World Autism Awareness Day

Today is not only Autism Awareness Day, but April is Autism Awareness Month.  What do you really know about autism?  This would be a fabulous time to learn some interesting facts that affect 1 in 88 children in the United States alone.  Studies show that autism is 4 to 5 more common in boys than girls.  It is estimated that 1 in every 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.  In comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome combined.  

I found these facts and a bunch more at this wonderful website below.  Click on the picture to learn more.

Also, there is a facebook page dedicated to Autism.  Click Like and be part of a wonderful group.

We have three fabulous teachers on Freebielicious that teach
special needs children and I want to give a BIG SHOUT out to them for all they do!  If you have a story to tell, please share with us!

Erin  from

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Kelly said...

Great post, autism is a very growing concern. I currently teach in a special education class... Thanks for putting the awareness out there!!

Lyn Goff said...

Thanks for this post.
Mrs. Goff's Pre-K Tales

4321Teach said...

Informative post! I am getting my Master's degree in working with kids who are diagnosed with ASD. The more information available the better!


Elizabeth said...

So glad you posted about this today. I have two kiddos in my class this year with autism and it has been a life changing experience. I am headed over to check out the facebook page.
Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

Sue Cahalane said...

Great post on such an important topic. Thank you!

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