Thursday, March 31, 2016

April is Autism Awareness Month!


The Autism Society, a national grassroots organization advocating for improvement of lives of individuals effected by autism, declared the first Autism Awareness Month in 1970.

This month aims to bring more focus to their and other organizations efforts to educate the public about autism and advocate for appropriate services and information.

From the Autism Society: "Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people. Autism can be be present from birth or form during early childhood (typically within the first three years). Autism is a lifelong developmental disability with no single known cause. People with autism are classed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the terms autism and ASD are often used interchangeably. A wide spectrum disorder, people will autism have set of symptoms unique to themselves; no two people are the same."

There are many other organizations that give support, information, and advocacy opportunities. Feel free to explore the following links for more information!

Last and certainly not least, if you are or a loved one is affected by Autism, here at the Arc of Orleans County, we have an Autism Support Group that meets the last Wednesday of every month. For more information on the support group and other ASD supports through the Agency, contact Kristen Ostrander, Educational Advocate, at (585) 589-1750 extension 2231 or

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