National Autism Awareness Month
Not only is April World Autism Month, but in the United States, it’s also known as National Autism Awareness Month. No matter what you call this month, however, the two observances have one common goal: to raise awareness about autism and to cut through some of the myths that surround this condition.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 270 people in the world is on the Autism Spectrum, yet there are so many people who still don’t understand the condition. Contrary to popular belief, autism isn’t a new condition, in fact, it was first diagnosed during the 1940s.
And many people still don’t realize that autism is a neurological disorder and not a mental health disorder. Judging by the prevalence of these ideas and others that people have about this condition, we evidently still have a lot of work to do when it comes to autism awareness.
The History Of National Autism Awareness Month
In 1972, National Autistic Children’s Week was created by The Autism Society to raise awareness about autism. Over the years, the popularity of this week increased as the public’s awareness about autism increased and it eventually became known as National Autism Awareness Month, as well as World Autism Month.
Facts About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Below are some facts about Autism Spectrum Order that we feel everyone should know about. Let’s take a quick look at them before continuing on with our discussion of National Autism Awareness Month.
- In 2021, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 1 in 44 U.S children have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Boys are 4-times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
- Autism affects people of all socioeconomic and ethnic groups.
- Current research shows that genetics play a prime role in the development of autism.
- Parents who have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder have a 2 to 18% chance of having a second child on the spectrum.
- On average, autism costs approximately $60,000 through childhood. Most of these costs are special services and the lost wages of one or both parents.
Observing National Autism Awareness Month
National Autism Awareness Month can be observed by attending or hosting an autism awareness event, learning more about autism, or spreading the word about this month using the hashtag #NationalAutismAwarenessMonth.
This month can also be observed by people with autism by them sharing their stories with their friends, family members, and the world. Currently, there is a stigma associated with autism, but that doesn’t have to be the case. We can all work together to make sure that people’s experiences are amplified so that we all have a better understanding of autism.