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Saturday, April 2, 2011

April is Autism Awareness Month

Seven years ago, my son Michael was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  It has been a long and often emotionally painful journey, but the feeling when we see progress is incredibly rewarding.  Having support and compassion from our community has been an enormous help, and that’s why I feel it’s so important for the general public to be aware and understand this disorder that is becoming more and more prevalent.

So what Is Autism anyway?
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life: it is the result of a neurological disorder that affects social and communication skills.  According to Canadian researchers, the current prevalence rate of autism is 1 in 165.
Children and adults with autism generally have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. They find it hard to communicate with others and relate to the outside world. In addition individuals may also experience sensory processing issues, unusual interests, self stimulatory behaviors such as hand flapping and rocking, and resistance to change which can lead to anxiety.
Fortunately there is an increase in autism awareness through media and World Autism Day on April 2nd and the “Light it up Blue for Autism” international campaign.  

On behalf of I Candy Crystals, I invite you to check out my new line of autism awareness jewelry.  10% of sales of all jewelry until April 30th, will benefit the Durham chapter of Autism Ontario.
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