Supporting Autism Awareness Month

Celebrating Autism Awareness Month

Each year, doctors diagnose approximately 1 in 50 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a complex condition, presenting variable characteristics in different children.

“Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by pervasive deficits in social communication and patterns of restricted, repetitive, stereotyped behaviors and interests,” an article in Autism Spectrum News describes. “Beyond the main diagnostic criteria, however, there is considerable heterogeneity in the symptom presentations that is demonstrated by people with ASD, including severity, language, cognitive skills, and related deficits.” Children with ASD often have difficulty with social interaction, changes in daily routines or emotional reactions.

ASD does not limit the ability of children to reach their full potential, however. Often, children on the spectrum will find a fascination with a certain object or have strong reactions to one of their five senses. The very differences that set often set those with autism apart have also opened the door to incredible human innovation. Poet Emily Dickinson and author Lewis Carroll are both presumed to have been on the spectrum, as well innovators like Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein.

In 1970 the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote ASD awareness and ensure that those affected by ASD have the highest possible quality of life. Autism Awareness Month or Autism Acceptance Month provides an opportunity to acknowledge and empower the autism community and recognize their unique contributions to our society.

The Venverloh Family Foundation proudly supports The Helix School in the Bay Area. The Helix School provides an interdisciplinary education for children with autism and other spectrum-related disorders. Bringing together educators, therapists and entrepreneurs, the school and its faculty are dedicated to creating innovative approaches to help ASD children reach their full potential.

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