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Why I’m Going to #LightItUpBlue for Understanding and Acceptance #UnderstandAutism

This is a social good post. We were not compensated for this posting. Autism is near and dear to my heart and I wanted to share!

April is World Autism Month, and I like to wear blue as much as possible to support Autism during the month of April!

Since April is World Autism Month, I’ve decided to #LightItUpBlue with Autism Speaks to increase understanding and awareness of autism. The issue is deeply personal to me as a mom of a child with autism. It’s highly likely that you know someone with autism too since the CDC estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in every 68 children in the United States.

Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

Autism’s most obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Autism Speaks encourages parents with concerns to seek evaluation without delay, as early intervention can improve outcomes.

The “Light It Up Blue” campaign is about more than awareness — it is about increasing understanding and acceptance of autism.  This includes advocacy and support for people across the entire spectrum throughout their lives. It also includes advancing research into personalized treatments for autism and related conditions.  I encourage you test your understanding of autism by taking this quiz!

Certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include GI disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias.

I have a few mommy friends who have children with Autism, ones that are all over the spectrum, and I have to give it to them. Some days are way harder than others. You can help make a difference too by taking the Light It Up Blue Quiz to see how much you know about autism. If you’re moved to do so after visiting, please show your support for and understanding of the challenges faced by individuals with autism by sharing a photo to #LightItUpBlue for Autism Awareness Month too. Also, check out Autism Speaks’ nationwide calendar of autism-friendly friendly events and activities in April.

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Linda Manns Linneman

Saturday 5th of August 2017

My nieces son has autism. This was a great article. Very helpful. Her son is very intelligent and has a hard time making friends because of this. He is just different than the other children so they pick on him. God Bless you for sharing this

Tiffany Dayton

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

My nephew is borderline Autistic.He is very smart .

Caitlin Hurley

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

Thank you for posting this and raising awareness! My son is 4, has DS and was just diagnosed with Autism a couple months ago. I'm lighting it up blue this month too!!

Stacy Giacosa-Bauer

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

My friend has a child with autism and I volunteer with her to spread awareness to others!

Donna (@DonnaDMB)

Monday 10th of April 2017

Interesting article. Never having dealt with autism, I needed this to understand, thanks for sharing.