Autism Awareness Month

Traditionally, April 2nd has become an international day to celebrate
National Autism Awareness Day as well as Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks, one of the largest autism awareness organizations, along with hundreds of thousands of people, communities and organizations from all over the world come together one day a year to bring Autism Awareness to the headlines in a campaign now recognized as "Light It Up Blue".
  1. What is Autism?
  2. Light it Up Blue
  3. Jazz'd Up For Autism
  4. Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K

Autism, a pervasive developmental disorder, a neurological disorder that impairs social  and communicative development that is generally characterized by compulsive or ritualistic behavior, sensory and motor abnormalities, speech impediment, and possibly self-injury.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report showing 1 in 68 children nationally has an Sutism Spectrum Disorder, with 1 in 45 in New Jersey. The national rate marks an increase of 30% from the previous 1 in 68 statistic. As you spread awareness, be sure to let people know about the new numbers. To learn more about autism, visit any of the below links.