The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. According to the Autism Society, autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. The prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys.
Here are some autism resources for parents, teachers and friends:
- The Autism NOW Center us the nation’s source for resources and information on community-based solutions for individuals with autism, other developmental disabilities, and their families.
- Autism Speaks – Resource Library
- National Autism Resources
- 10 Tech Resources for the Autism Community
Here are two autism-related video clips that we enjoy. The first clip is by Temple Grandin, perhaps the worlds most famous person living with autism. Diagnosed with autism as a child, she talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
The second video is an uncle talking with and about his autistic nephew. Its by the Winn Brothers from the What You Ought to Know series.