April is World Autism Awareness Month.The observance began in April 1970, founded by the Autism Society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 59 children are identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to the Autism Society, about 1 percent of the world population has ASD, including 3.5 million in the United States.
Take time this month to learn more about ASD and investigate activities and organizations that support autism research and advocacy. Consider wearing blue on Tuesday, April 2, for Autism Awareness Day, and adding blue to your home or office decorations throughout April.