Awareness, General

April is Autism Awareness Month

In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, which kicks off World Autism Month each year, STARability Foundation is affirming its commitment to boldly advocating for an increase in understanding and acceptance of people with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. STARability believes that, together, we can create a world where individuals and their families are fully supported, championed and celebrated, and work toward a brighter, more inclusive future.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States, with one in 36 children receiving a diagnosis, according to a newly released report from the Centers for Disease Control. The condition typically starts during childhood and continues into adulthood. In addition to the nearly 6 million Americans affected, autism touches countless lives either through relationships or direct experience, and the support needs vary greatly across the spectrum.

Autism refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with repetitive behaviors, speech, nonverbal communication and social skills. There is not simply one type of autism, but many subtypes that are influenced by a combination of environmental and genetic factors that present a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism process information and the amount of care they require in their daily lives is vastly different. Through innovative programs, diverse experiences, specialized support, community understanding and acceptance, these individuals can be empowered to thrive.

“STARability’s mission is to serve as a lifeline for individuals with autism and all disabilities to ensure they have the support needed to pursue their educational, career and life interests without discrimination,” said Karen Govern, CEO of STARability Foundation. “This April, join us in advocating for people of all abilities and their families and celebrating their significant and meaningful contributions to our community. Let’s work together to build a more welcoming and inclusive world for every STAR to shine.”