April is Autism Awareness Month and N-CCS is going to “Light It Up Blue”!
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), since 2000, the prevalence rate has increased for autism spectrum disorders.
- About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. [Read summary] [Read article]
- ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. [Read summary] [Read article]
- ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). [Read article]
- Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with ASD with an average prevalence of between 1% and 2%. [Data table]
- About 1 in 6 children in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. [Read summary]
To bring awareness to autism spectrum disorders, N-CCS is encouraging all students and staff to wear blue on Friday, Aprill 22nd. “Light it up Blue” is a campaign that Autism Speaks is promoting to increase awareness. Schools have been provided additional resources and facts about autism spectrum disorders and are encouraged to share these throughout the month of April.
So join us on April 22nd and wear blue to show your support!