Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day as declared by the UN in 2007. Last year, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month in Minnesota. And this type of support is important. There’s a lot in the news about autism lately – rates of 1 in 68, new research honing in on biological markers of autism, and new developments in treatments. We’re especially proud of the work that is being done by the Minnesota Department of Human Services on an autism benefit and all the amazing things our robust autism community does for families living with autism. It is days and months dedicated to autism awareness that drive these initiatives. And the tireless work of advocates every other day of the year to keep families living with autism part of the public discourse.
Part of being “Autism Aware” is staying on top of lots of things – social issues, research, policy, education, community resources and outcomes. So we’d like you to post here, or on our Facebook page, the most important statistics you know about autism. Or better yet share your own insights or stories. We’ll be writing about them all month long to grow awareness, knowledge and support for families living with autism.
Read more in our Autism Aware series.