Awareness

Shining Light on World Autism Month

STARabiltiy Foundation is shining light on World Autism Month.

Every April, World Autism Month kicks off with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, with advocates around the globe wearing blue, and lighting up their homes or businesses blue to raise awareness and increase understanding and acceptance for families affected by autism. This year, STARability Foundation remains committed to standing together with these families and the community to make a world of difference where all people with autism and any intellectual and developmental disabilities can reach their full potential. In pursuit of this mission, dedicated staff and volunteers will continue to focus on coming together in unity and collaboration by fostering worldwide support, sharing stories and creating connections to build a more compassionate, inclusive world.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. The condition typically starts during childhood and continues into adulthood. There is not simply one type of autism, but many subtypes that are influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve, as well as the amount of care they require in their daily lives, varies greatly. Though people with autism experience the world differently, with support, they have the potential to create a life that is fulfilling and impactful.

“Our goal is to ensure everyone in need has access to programs, resources, and an educated and respectful community that can provide opportunities for individuals with autism to lead meaningful and productive lives,” said Karen Govern, CEO of STARability Foundation. “Whether you have autism, love someone who does or are looking to support a diverse, accepting and kind community – let’s stand together and pledge our support to make a world of difference by helping all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach for the stars.”