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April is Autism Awareness Month

by Aaron Tanner

· Autism,awareness,Support

April is Autism Awareness Month. The latest statistics show that 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in their lifetime. This includes Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.

Saturday April 1st was the annual Walk for Autism in Huntsville, Alabama that is sponsored by the Autism Society of Alabama. Other cities in Alabama will be holding the walk throughout the month of April. I have been to several of these walks and have seen different types of people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder represented at the event.

Many people came to our booth to sign up for our newsletter and blog and to receive information about our organization. On behalf of Launch Aspergers, I would like thank those who came to our booth. With the nice weather Saturday morning, there was a nice turnout for the event.

Thanks to help from various social skills classes, I worked up the courage to visit different booths at the walk to hand out business cards about our upcoming fundraiser. Many were not aware that I have Asperger Syndrome. It is often easier for someone with Aspergers to talk to complete strangers when the conversation involves a topic that the Aspie is passionate about.

One of our board members, Natalie, will be posting videos periodically throughout the month of April on her Facebook page to help raise money for our organization. Another way to help our organization for Autism Awareness Month is to participate in the Spirited Art painting fundraiser Tuesday April 11th at 6 P.M. at Campus 805. The painting is a Rocket City rendition of Starry Night by Vincent Van Gough, which is pictured above. To sign up for the class, click here. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales goes towards our organization.

If you are someone you know has been impacted by Autism, what are you doing to help the cause for the month of April? Leave a message in the comment section below.

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