Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a common but complex developmental disability, with 1 in 68 American children born somewhere on the autism spectrum. The signs of autism are usually apparent when a child is between 2 and 3 years old, although they may be seen in younger children. Symptoms are different for everyone, though some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning (relating to reasoning and planning); narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills, and sensory sensitivities. A diagnosis of ASD is based on an analysis of all behaviors and their severity. The cause of autism is still being researched and debated, although doctors generally agree that the cause for autism spectrum disorder is unknown, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function.


Autism awareness remains an important goal as early intervention has shown positive results for those on the spectrum, but also to relieve the stigma of those with special needs and the families that support them. Autism Eats is an organization that holds events at restaurants for families with children with autism. The events are able to provide a judgement-free environment for families that may often feel stressed or anxious at the thought of dining out. A stigma-free future is what awareness hopes to lead towards.



NeedyMeds has information on several resources available to children with autism and their families. Our Autism Diagnosis Information Page is designed to be the one-stop location to easily reach all the relevant information: we list commonly prescribed medications that link to any Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) we have information on that may provide prescriptions at low or no cost. The Diagnosis Information Page links to our database of Diagnosis-Based Assistance (DBAs) programs that provide a variety of services from helping with living expenses, respite care, service animals, or durable medical equipment. We also link to our databases of recreational camps and academic scholarships that enable children and young adults on the autism spectrum to have fun experiences and continue their education. For more help finding information, call our toll-free helpline Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Eastern Time at 1-800-503-6897.AUTISM FB POST

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