Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April is Autism Awareness Month, part 2

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disability defined by a set of behaviors which affects individuals differently and to varying degrees, hence being called a spectrum condition.

Increased awareness and access to early diagnosis and intervention has been helpful in the past few years to allow individuals and their families access to appropriate supports and services at all stages of their lives. This advocacy is ongoing, and many resources are available.

The CDC put out a very helpful outline titled "Learn the Signs. Act Early." which gives guidelines and things to look for in early stages of human development.

The Autism Society has many helpful resources, including this "Autism through the Lifespan" page which provides links to different resources for early detection, children and adolescent resources, as well as resources for adults with autism.

ASAN, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, has many resources for Autistic people, from resources and information, to advocacy opportunities, to membership and the ability to interact and connect with other Autistic individuals and allies.

For Autistic women and girls of all ages, there is the Autism Women's Network, which seeks to provide effective supports through a sense of community, advocacy, and resources in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Also, if you live in this area, right here at the Arc, we have an awesome Autism Support Group that meets the last Wednesday of every month. For more information, contact Kristen Ostrander, Educational Advocate, at (585) 589-1750, extension 2231 or kostrander@arcoforleans.org.

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