Autism Awareness Month
Spring is in full swing, and we’re pleased to bring you April’s charitable focus of Autism Awareness Month!
Autism is a developmental disability that tends to appear during early childhood, and affects a person’s ability to effectively communicate and interact with others. It affects everyone differently, and there’s no known cause – but experts believe that early detection is key to improving quality of life after diagnosis. Some signs of autism include delayed speech, an inability to make eye contact or hold conversations, difficulty with reasoning and planning, poor motor skills and more.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism now affects one in 68 U.S. births alone – nearly twice the rate of 2004. In 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost for care is as high as $2.4 million. The U.S. also faces a $90 million annual cost for autism, including research, insurance costs, educational spending and more. Autism Awareness Month aims to educate the public about the early warning signs, and helps create research opportunities for viable treatments and cures.
One way to raise awareness is with Light It Up Blue Day, which took place on Sunday, April 2. Light It Up Blue Day is an international initiative spearheaded by the organization Autism Speaks, in recognition of U.N. sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day and World Autism Month. On this day, thousands of iconic landmarks, buildings, homes and communities, are lit to spotlight and lend support to people living with autism.
In honor of this initiative, from April 10-21 we’ll be offering special Autism Speaks-branded items for sale on the Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF) website. After you order, the item(s) will be shipped to your office location and distributed by your local CCF contact. If you don’t work at a Carrington location, we’ll ship your goodies directly to you. But don’t wait for your favorites – items are limited, and we may make substitutions for sold out items. Note: Items that need to be replaced will be swapped for an item of equal or lesser value. This is the last year we’ll be selling Autism Speaks-branded items, as next year we will be featuring CCF’s own Autism Awareness designed items. So don’t delay – everything is first come, first serve!
Look for more Autism Awareness-related events throughout the month or make a donation to our item sale. As always, if you volunteer with an autism-related organization or have suggestions on how we can help support autism charities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s make Autism Awareness Month an unqualified success!