World Autism Awareness Day 2012
What are you doing to spread the word?
Some business are turning on blue lights to raise awareness, while others are hanging signs or putting the word out in social media.
Families around the nation are struggling under the pressure of the disorder that affects 1 in 88 children in the U.S., according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control on Thursday.
What we need is a more aggressive push for social services to help those who have been diagnosed with the disorder. We cannot leave the burden solely on familial support.
The costs alone have reached $126 billion per year, most of which is incurred during adulthood as a result of residential care and unemployment.
Yet, let us not forget the burden on schools during child and teen years. Yes, special education programs are currently in place, but are children diagnosed from autism benefiting from them? Many teachers who must share this heavy burden with the parents are not prepared for the responsibility that comes with providing the daytime care for an autistic child.
Though the problem remains of how to provide the best care for this disorder, its not one we can solve in one day. But spreading awareness, especially in this digital age, is something we can do.