April is Autism Awareness Month!

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Today-April 2,2008 marks the first annual World Autism Awareness Day. I don't know much about Autism or know anyone who is affected by it. So I decided that the least that I can do is educate myself on this topic.

Autism is a complex brain disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationship. It is often accompanied by extreme behavorial challenges. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade and the centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure still remains to be unknown.

Some facts about autism from http://www.autismspeak.com/ include:

  • Autism affects as many as 1 in 150 children and 1 in 94 boys
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the world
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with diabetes, cancer, & AIDS combined
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism, but early diagnosis and intervention improve outcomes
  • Autism does not discriminate by geography, class, or ethnicity

The first ever World Autism Awareness Day gives opportunity to people in every country of the world to raise awareness about autism and Asperger's Syndrome and raise funds for autism organisations.  



So if you know anyone who you feel this might be helpful to them,please pass it along to them.


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Comments (16)

Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate
Timely post, Lanre.  There needs to be more public awareness of mental disorders and how it affects so many people.
Apr 02, 2008 01:40 PM
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
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Shirley - Absolutely. I am shocked to discover that they cause to autism is still unknown. God help us. Thanks for your comments.
Apr 02, 2008 01:43 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Lanre- This disorder seems to be touching more lives each year, it does present unique issues.  Just another thing we would like to see prevented.
Apr 02, 2008 01:46 PM
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
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Jennifer -It affects 1 in every 150 children and 1 in every 94 boys. I pray that the cure and cause is discoverd soon. Thanks for your comments Jennifer.
Apr 02, 2008 01:52 PM
Barbara Carter
C21 Alliance Realty Group - New Paltz, NY
Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle


Leave it to an Exit Agent to be so thoughtful in spreading autism awareness!

My grandson was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (autism spectrum) in September- The diagnosis is devastating to the family, but there is hope! My daughter, after the initial shock of the news decided to meet this head on. So, she bought Jenny MC Carthy's book " Louder Than Word" and we became aware of DAN ( Defeat Autism Now). Luckily, we live within a short distance to a world renowned DAN doctor. Dr Bock in Rhinebeck NY.

Nathan has been receiving early intervention with ABA Therapy, play therapy. speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Five weeks ago our Nathan was seen by Dr Bock and began treatment- The change is miraculous. The eye contact is improving and the words are coming at incredible speed. Nathan will be three on the April 7th. It is amazing to see him "climbing through the window of autism" as Jenny McCarthy calls the recovery. THERE IS HOPE!

We need to support autism awareness- Thank you for your message, Lanre- It is my message too! Let's all work together to DEFEAT AUTISM NOW!



Apr 02, 2008 01:59 PM
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS
Lanre, What a wonderful post. Thank you so much for helping to raise awareness. I have a friend with an Autistic son and it's so difficult for them right now. She is still in shock a bit, but coming to terms. The statistics are staggering, aren't they? Thanks again Lanre, for another great post! Elizabeth
Apr 02, 2008 02:04 PM
DDR Realty
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
Orange County NY
Fortunately more world-wide attention is now being paid to Autism and those who are diagnosed with the disorder.
Apr 03, 2008 01:37 AM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Lanre,
Are there more children with autism or are we just more aware?  I pray that the cause and a cure will soon be found.
Apr 03, 2008 02:28 AM
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Barbara - From one Exit Real Estate Professional to another Exit Real Estate Superstar,welcome to Active Rain. Here you going to meet the best of the best this business has to offer. I hope you get soaked up with knowledge that will help you improve your business tremendously. This network has the best,creative,talented,smart,fun-loving and very unselfish professionals this business has to offer.

Also,thanks for your kind words. I am very happy to hear that Nathan has improved tremendously. It is definitely going to get better for him. Nathan's story is a story of hope. Thank you very much for sharing it here. Hopefully somebody will read your post and be inspired. I have to check out Jenny McCarthy's book. I remember when she was on Oprah along with Holly Robinson-Peete. Anything that I can do to spread awareness and get more involved or to get more people involved,please let me know. Thank you very much for your comments.

Elizabeth-Please read Barbara Carter's comments to this post. I think it can be very helpful to your friends. As usual,you are always supporting my blogs. Thank you very much for your comments.

Derrick-Amen. It needs to be. We need to be more involved in spreading awareness of Autism. Thank you very much for your comments.

Cynthia-  They are probably more children with autism that we don't know of. I pray too that the cure and cause of Autism will be discovered.

Apr 03, 2008 06:12 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I hope there will be a cure for autism soon. I had read about some break throughs. I am praying for them to succeed.

Apr 07, 2008 10:04 AM
Ray Nellum
Envision Real Estate Group, LLC. - Fort Smith, AR
Fort Smith Real Estate
Lanre, it takes a man with a great heart to keep bringing such important concerns back to the front line.  This is a very good post.
Apr 18, 2008 04:47 PM
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
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Gita - Hello. Thanks again mama. I definitely wish that there is a cure for autism soon. Thank you very much for your prayers.

Ray- Thank you very much brother Ray. This is a another good reason to be thankful to God in spite of the situation we are in. My prayer that we get more involved so that we can be autism. Thanks for your kind words and as usual always support me brother Ray. Thanks for your comments.

Apr 23, 2008 01:09 PM
Taline Amos

Hello, my son Dalvon has Autism(PDD).Dec. I made my mind up to face this head on so I quit both my jobs, Im a dental asst.- nail tech, both of those jobs were easier then taking care of my son. Caring for him is hard enough,cant explame it you have to live in my shoes.Poeple are so blind that they just dont get it because my son dont like the part of a child with a disablity they think that he is just BAD and dont talk. I thank you for learning about Autism, I wish more people were like and stop judging all GOD can jugde and GOD gave me this child to raise for a reson and i will not let he down so were is the help we need has parents because the numders are now 1 in166 kids are  dianosed. All programs for Autism have 8 to 10 years waiting list to long or coast. My income went from 2400 a month to 674, there gose my house and car,im ok with that but as a single parent I need moreHELP. What can I do to get more one on one HELP?

Love & Pray  

Mar 09, 2009 01:05 PM


Mar 09, 2009 01:08 PM
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Taline Amos- Hi Taline. I need to learn more about Autism so that I can help spread the word to people who are unaward of Autism. Bless your heart for giving up so much for your precious child. May God continue to bless you indeed and provide for all of your needs. Dalvon is in my prayers. God will continue to strenghten him and use him in a very special way. God bless you. Please keep in touch.

Mar 09, 2009 11:54 PM

Hello again, Im so sorry about yesterday but I had to vent. Some day are good and some are just bad, yesterday was bad. Im a proud  mother of 5, first 4 are normal kids(what ever normal means,we all have something wrong with us,only one person was made prefect JESUS) and with my baby boy the last of the bunch God made him special and yes he is very special because he is like ten or more kids in one.LOL With me now wanting to face Autism, so that I can help me learn all I can to help Dal, and what Im finding out is not good. Not just for those that dont now but for parents that have kids with Autism, parents need to be the speaker for their child, if not you then who. I trying so hard to get the word and info on Autism around but it going to take more then just one or two, like Big Mama said " It takes a fist to made a big punch" not saying going around hinting people just come together and fight this.A lack of resources or money can stop somethings but a voice can be heard. You are so right when you said that God will do great things with Dal,I see it and feel it. I thank you so much for getting back with me so fast, I was just going to send you a new comment. After getting some rest and getting some of my brain back I would talk with some sense. That comment yesterday is a great example on how caring for a child with Autism can sometime make you feel, its like everything runs together and you cant think.I pray for all family going though this because its not no joke. God dont put no more than what we can handle on us so just look to him for all your answer. And yes the numbers have changed from 1 in 166 to 1in 150. Autism Awareness has a puzzle piece. the puzzle reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder(ADP). The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the colors symbolizes hope - HOPE that through research, increases awareness of Autism, understanding, acceptance and through early intervention and appropriate treatment, people with Autism will lead fuller, more complete lives.

Thank You

Love & Pray

Mar 10, 2009 04:47 AM