Today is a very special day; Around the world, people everywhere are focused on increasing awareness and knowledge about Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders, which now affects one in every 150 kids, 1 in 94 boys. 

April is Autism Awareness month. As such, I challenge anyone who reads this to learn something you didn’t know about Autism, during the month of April. Read an article . . . watch a news show dedicated to ASDs . . . talk to a family “living in the trenches” . . . heck–babysit for a family you know with Autism in their lives to allow them a night out! I imagine you’d learn a few things that way.

With statistics rising as quickly as they are, if your life is not currently affected by Autism, chances are it will be soon. If not through one of your own kids, it may be a niece or nephew, a grandchild, neighbor or your kids’ playmates/classmates.

It is of utmost importance that parents, preschool workers, nursery workers and pediatricians be vigilant of the signs of autism. Fortunately, there are some amazing groups which can help to educate us. Here are links to some of my favorite websites:

Autism Speaks | Autism Society of America | Talk About Curing Autism

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Suport | Autism Research Institute

Tonight, Larry King will be hosting Jenny McCarthy, mother of 5 year old Evan. McCarthy has proven to be an amazing advocate for Autism families around the country because she is a High-Profile Hollywood Mama unafraid to share her thoughts, opinions and all that has worked for her precious son. I’ve watched her speak on many shows in recent months and have read her book. Louder Thank Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism was both heartbreaking and encouraging. 

Our story: My wonderful, unique and handsome son, Ethan, is one of the 94 boys mentioned above. Ethan lives daily with Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of Autism. In the 15 months since his diagnosis, Ethan has made tremendous gains. We are thankful that we were able to find diagnosis early and begin interventions. According to my extensive reading, early intervention is the key to successfully treating ASDs and enabling our kiddos to lead happy, fulfilling lives. I’m always willing to share more information when asked–so ask if you’d like to know more about our journey.

Thanks for your attention to this matter so unbearably close to my heart.

Posted by Leigh, filed under Asperger's Syndrome. Date: April 2, 2008, 1:17 pm | 1 Comment »

One Response

  1. Kelye Garcie Says:

    I am so blessed to know you, Leigh… and so blessed to know Etan. Thank you for all that you do to create a better world for not only your son, but for all of us!

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