World Autism Day, April 2, 2012

Today is the fifth annual World Autism Day, and the start of World Autism Awareness Month. At a time when new research indicates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, building our understanding of autism has never been more important.

Around the world, support is being shown in many ways. Events are planned in dozens of countries. The Sydney Opera House and Egypt’s Cairo Tower are among the buildings and monuments joining the Light It Up Blue campaign for World Autism Day.

This international commitment is exciting to witness. For autistic kids, though, learning to manage their own world is a big job. The expression that “it takes a village to raise a child” is especially true when autism is involved. Every day, families and educators are working rigorously to help the autistic kids in their lives have the best possible futures. Physical and occupational therapists often become a part of daily life. This support network can help families and kids throughout their school years.

Here at Free Spirit, we want to extend a special thank you to all the teachers, counselors, and parents who are making a difference for autistic kids and their families every day.

Are you discussing World Autism Awareness Month in your classroom? What activities do you find help classmates support their autistic peers?

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Share your comments, stories, and ideas below, or contact us. All comments will be approved before posting, and are subject to our comment and privacy policies.

Suggested Resources
Visit World Autism Day on Facebook
Press Release: CDC estimates 1 in 88 children in United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve, M.D.

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