Blue lights, t-shirts and fundraisers can all help build support for the disorder.
This April 2nd, 2019 is World Autism Day. It’s the 12th annual celebration of its kind, marking a chance for those who wish to support the cause to join the international community in increasing general understanding, awareness and acceptance of the disorder.
How can you join in? There are various ways to participate. Thousands of buildings and landmarks around the world will be lighting up in blue, to show their support. If you’ve got the hardware to do so, this is one way. Of course, most of us don’t own a stadium or concert hall to illuminate the night and spread the word, and so a more simple gesture such as wearing a blue t-shirt also counts.
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Is autism a part of your life? You can also take some photos of your experience and share them online with Autism Speaks.org, to reveal your story.
Or, go one step further and start a Facebook fundraiser.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a brain condition that makes it difficult for a person to engage in social interactions and communication. It impacts how a person perceives others and interacts with them, and refers to a wide range of symptoms, with varying degrees of severity, as described by the Mayo Clinic.
It’s difficult to obtain the exact number of adults who live with the disorder when it comes to the adult population in the U.S, as many people remain undiagnosed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, 1 in 59 children were diagnosed with the disorder in 2018, in the United States.
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