April is Autism Awarness Month

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

During April, National Autism Awareness Month, the public is urged to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is the second most common developmental disability, and the resources available to people on the autism spectrum and their families.
On average, two North Carolina families per day have a child diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the rate of incidence is up to one of every 150 children born, and North Carolina continues to see an increase in the need for services and support for the 50,000 families affected by ASD in our state.
The N.C. Public School Statistical Profile reports that the percentage of students on the autism spectrum in public schools greatly outpaces overall student population growth.
Between 2007 and 2008, the school system grew 1.19 percent statewide, while the number of students with autism increased by 14.6 percent.
Harris Teeter will celebrate Autism Awareness Days April 22-May 5 by selling $1 and $5 tickets at checkout to raise money to support services for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Redbox will offer a free one-night movie coupon to customers donating $5 or more per visit.
ASNC provides free Safe in the Community kits for people with autism and their families. Kits include safety information for families, caregivers and first responders.
For information about events throughout the state, contact the Autism Society of North Carolina at 800-442-2762 or www.autismsociety-nc.org.