National Autism Awareness Month is April, and World Autism Awareness Day is the second of April. Autism is a mental condition present from childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and making relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. Autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America. Although it cannot be completely cured, and may last a lifetime, consistent treatment may help. The best way to fight the condition is to accept it and live life to the fullest. Ways to be involved could include putting up a yard sign about awareness or attending a local event. Many communities have walks or rallies to raise money and show support to the others around you. You can have conversations and talk about it with others to maybe spread the popularity of this. Even something as little as being with someone with autism and spending quality time with them. It goes a long way and can mean a lot to them and others
Another way to give support and show awareness is to wear an Autism Awareness Ribbon. The puzzle piece symbol reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And since every puzzle piece is different in some way, a puzzle piece correctly represents the diversity of the individuals affected. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope. Hope that through increased awareness of autism and through early intervention and access to appropriate supports, people with autism will lead full lives able to interact with the world on the own terms. Although autism cannot be cured, there are very many wonderful activities and events to take part in to be involved in the action. Take it beyond the lone month of April and take action all year round.