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April is National Autism Awareness Month

Posted: April 10, 2014

April is Autism Awareness Month

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the month of April has been designated as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. In Randolph, the Randolph High School Autism Speaks Club is spearheading this effort.

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the social, communication and behavioral skills of those affected by it.

As more health professionals become proficient in diagnosing autism, more children are being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, resulting in rates as high as 1 in 68 children nationally and 1 in 45 in New Jersey.

While there is no cure for autism, it is well documented that if individuals with autism receive treatment early in their lives, it often is possible for those individuals to lead significantly improved lives.

Individuals with autism often require a lifetime of specialized and community supported services to ensure their health and safety and to support families’ resilience as they manage the psychological and financial burdens autism presents.