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Monday, April 4, 2011

April is National Autism Awareness Month

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

Join the Autism Society in getting involved with the autism community this April.

Attend a Wretches & Jabberers "movievent." The Autism Society is proud to partner with Academy Award®-winning director Gerardine Wurzburg to release her feature length documentary Wretches & Jabberers during National Autism Awareness Month in April 2011. The film will be released through nationwide “movievents,” which will include a screening of the film and a live panel discussion featuring Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, the film’s featured self-advocates with autism. Check back here for tour updates and don't forget to watch the trailer at

Make a difference. Contact your representatives on the state and federal level and ask them to "Vote 4 Autism." For more information about this legislation and to take action to support it, visit

Connect with your neighborhood. Many Autism Society local chapters hold special events in their communities throughout the month of April. But if you can’t find an event that suits you just right, create your own! 1Power4Autism is an online tool that makes it easy to mobilize friends and family and help make a difference.

Autism Society Chapter Events Calendar

Watch a movie. Did you know that something that seems as simple as going to the movies is not an option for many families affected by autism? The Autism Society is working with AMC Theatres to bring special-needs families Sensory Friendly Films every month. Click here for more information.

Visit a Carino's Italian Restaurant.
Carino's Italian Restaurant will give a portion of it's proceeds gained throughout the month of April to the Autism Society to help commemorate National Autism Awareness Month and to help families affected by autism. To learn more about Carino's Italian Restaurant, visit

Asperger’s Syndrome
On the Spectrum
Autism Spectrum Disorders ~By Lisa Jo Rudy
IDEA Fairness Restoration Act

The above article is from the Autism Society Organization. As many of you know my youngest son has Asperger Syndrome and was not given a good prognosis. The doctors were wrong. It took another state and school system, but he did get better! The biggest obstacle in the beginning of his journey, was understanding. Awareness  is the first step to Understanding... which is so important in helping anyone with Autism, Aspergers, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and those individuals on the Spectrum.

Some insightful articles:
Suffering In Silence
Quirky or Autism / Asperger Syndrome
Whiz kid with Asperger's syndrome aims high
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  1. As my son is a carer for the adult autistic I know quite a bit about how it affect their lives and so on. It is a very important issue and is pleased April is a month for it's awareness.


  2. Wish I could help and participate but I never heard of anything here, but I'll look for something maybe there were organizations who will do some events and maybe I could join.

    Thanks for spreading the word and awareness Coreen.

    have a great week


  3. Hi! Just found you through a blog hop and now following, i hope you can follow back also! I'd appreciate it so much :-)
    xoxo from NYC!


  4. Beautiful post dear Coreen, that touches upon such deep and profound sentiments, least of all some that are very close to your heart.
    Luckily I live in a Scandinavian country where subjects like these are very much discussed and taken very seriously, providing not just information but also care and help for those who need it.
    Have a lovely Monday dear friend,

  5. What a worthy topic for Monday. I saw this on the news and thought of you, so if weather permits I'll dine at Carino's tonight :)

    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. cool. thanks for popping this in there...i work with a couple autistic kids and its been a learning curve for sure but they are some of my favs....

  7. Your son, how old is he and what is he doing now? I think Aspergers is a very high functioning kind of autism, my husband works with them in his job. So your son, wouldn't his diagnosis have been more positive than regular autism? Of course everyone is different and there are shades of gery as well.

  8. HI Coreen, Thanks so much for the awareness. We all need to become better educated when it comes to Autism and Aspergers. Getting involved and getting educated is the best way... THANKS!!!

    Back from vacation --trying to catch up a little!!!!

  9. The Sunday Parade was just talking about this - this weekend. I hope more people become aware of it - the image of autism has changed from years ago. YEAH! sandie

  10. very important post, people need to be educated on this subject and you did it with your usual finesse xx

  11. I'm planning to share my daughter-in-law's post on autism awareness. So much to be learned and so much that can be done! Wonderful that you have posted this information with all its links!

  12. Very useful post. Thanks for the post. You have a nice day!

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