April is World Autism Awareness Month

Passages encourages everyone to #LightItUpBlue for Autism Awareness.

The organization Autism Speaks desires to increase global understanding and awareness of people with autism. April is World Autism Month.

Earlier this year, the CDC determined that approximately one in 54 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The following statistics are pulled directly from the Autism Speaks website:

  • Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
  • Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.
  • 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] <70), 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85), and 44% have IQ scores in the average to above average range (i.e., IQ >85).
  • Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
  • Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often.
  • Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
  • There is no medical detection for autism.

 

At Passages, we primarily serve adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD), including those with Autism. In addition, we offer a summer youth program serving ages 12-18. Contact us today for more information about our traditional services or our summer youth programs.

In an effort to join together in the effort to promote awareness, and therefore kindness, towards people on the Autism Spectrum, we encourage you to wear blue on April 2, 2020 and continue to #LightItUpBlue throughout the month of April!

Click here to see the full infographic for Autism 101.