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Things You Should Know About Autism Awareness Day

Things You Should Know About Autism Awareness Day

Autism awareness encourages the community and members with autism to become partners in a movement towards acceptance and appreciation. It helps provide each person with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. It’s about self-identity, acceptance and appreciation for how each one of us does our part to make the world a better place for those with autism.

 Here are some things you could do to get the ball rolling on autism awareness.

Autism Awareness Ribbon

The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most enduring and recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. It was adopted in 1999 as the universal sign for autism. The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of people and families living with the condition.

The brightness of the ribbon signals hope – through increased awareness of autism, early intervention and access to appropriate services/support, people with autism will be able to lead fuller lives and be able to interact with the world on their own terms.  It symbolizes the belief that we are not alone, but all part of the great puzzle of life. Even though we are different, we all belong and are needed.     

Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car a badge on your blog, or even your profile picture – and educate others on the potential of people with autism. 

Connect with your community: 

Many centers hold special events in their communities throughout the month of April. But if you can’t find one that suits you, create your own. 

Things You Should Know About Autism Awareness DayAutism Awareness Event will take place at Saudia Airlines Club on Thursday, April 2nd, from 5 pm to 9 pm. It’s a day of fun activities for kids and families with autism.

After a suggestion from the Global Shapers Community, the Psychology club at Effat University is working on an autism event in the second half of April. President of the club Salwa Bashammakh says “The main goals of the event is to increase public awareness on autism, and to replace the negative perception society may have about autistic people with a more positive, healthy one.” 

“The event will be targeting Arabic-speaking females in the society; and plans to expand the awareness to those who cannot attend” she adds.

Donate to societies working with Autism: 

Help improve the lives of people impacted with autism with a financial gift to the Autism Society. 

Facts & Statistics:

[Facts by Autism Speaks and Autism Society]

Signs & Symptoms:

From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Track your child’s development and act early.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) lists five behaviors that warrant further evaluation:

Any of these five “red flags” does not mean your child has autism. But because the disorder’s symptoms vary so widely, a child showing these behaviors should be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. 

[Check out this link for more signs and symptoms.]

At the end of the day, more than anything what we hope is to create an opportunity to educate the world on autism and help better our community. No matter what you can do on April 2nd and throughout Autism Awareness Month in April, we hope that you will help us shine a light on all of those individuals affected by autism out there!


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