Since April is coming up, I thought I'd post about this. Some of you may not know this, but April is "Autism Awareness Month". For the past three years, Toys R Us has taken on a fundraising campaign for Autism Speaks. Their (Autism Speaks) mission statement is as follows:
Autism Speaks is committed to facilitating research that will uncover the causes of autism, develop effective biomedical treatments, and hasten the discovery of a cure. We are committed to researching all potential causes of autism and we invite researchers to submit grant proposals covering a wide spectrum of ideas.
I'm speaking up here, for all you out there, to do what you can from now until May 1st to help raise Autism Awareness. Autism is on the rise, whether we like it or not. As of December 2009, ONE (1) child in every NINETY-ONE (91) children has Autism. Eleven years ago when I had my son, I hardly ever heard of anyone who knew someone that had Autism. Now, you can't go anywhere without hearing someone talk about Autism or without spotting an autistic individual. (it's pretty easy to see, especially if you are familiar with it).
All of this to say... please, help raise Autism Awareness and post this link to make others aware! If you can't donate to Autism Speaks, that's okay! I just hope to raise others awareness of Autism and what it is, and is not.
Thanks for reading (and hopefully, reposting/sharing!)