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Join us in recognizing Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month By Ada Winford, Exceptional Education Teacher

Take a look at these numbers:

  • The prevalence of autism is estimated at 1 in 88 births
  • $60 billion in annual cost
  • Only 56% of students with autism finish high school nationwide
  • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.

With 1 in 88 births resulting in a diagnosis of Autism, it’s rare to run into someone who is unaffected by the disorder, either directly or through family, friends or neighbors. Autism affects us as individuals and as a society.

April is Autism Awareness Month. In Metro Schools there are over 700 students currently diagnosed with Autism. As we move to a more inclusionary educational setting for all students, we on the Autism Team feel its crucial to provide the best training possible to the teachers on the front lines. By doing this, all teachers we train can share their knowledge with co-workers.

Robert F. Kennedy said, “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” That’s what we strive for on the Autism Team: each time we share our knowledge, we are beginning a ripple effect in the lives of the students we serve.

Please join us at our Autism Awareness Event on Thursday, April 18th from 8:00am—11:00am at the Martin CenterYou can meet with autism experts, professionals and other families like yours. We will provide breakfast and present several expert speakers.

RSVP by email or call 259-8698.