Monday, April 2, 2012

World Autism Awareness Day

Today I have an extra special to post to share.  In case you didn't know, today is World Autism Awareness Day.



Did you know that autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys?
Did you know that autism prevalence figures are growing?
Did you know that more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined?
Did you know that autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.?
Did you know that autism costs the nation $126 billion per year?
Did you know that autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases?
Did you know that boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism?
Did you know that there is no medical detection or cure for autism?

Source Facts about Autism

Those statistics tell me that more than likely we all know someone that is affected by autism.  And it also tells me that there isn't enough being done to help the families that are affected by it.  This day is about raising awareness and doing what you can to help get the word out.  I know my blog is still relatively small but even if this reaches one or two people I've done something.  :)

Today I am wearing blue for Eli.  I hear he really likes when his Mom wears nail polish so I hope he likes this :). 


Light It Up Blue
Autism Speaks
Autism Society


The Polish used was China Glaze Electric Beat.

12 comments:

  1. I can't wait to show him! Thank-you for showing your support Am! XOXO ~Misty

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  2. I need to reply to this post. However, while I feel very very strongly about what I need to say, I know that I will fail at conveying this information without being insulting. I'm *trying*. I love your manicure. It's beautiful. I love the puzzle piece metaphor. Thank you very much for your autism awareness post; you don't know how much I appreciate each and every person who is adding to this day.

    But for every person who points people toward Autism Speaks, I want to scream. I don't know a single autistic person who likes that organization. And while I love you for doing this post, I feel the overwhelming need to point out not only to you but to anyone who might read this, that there's something missing here...please forgive me for any offense, as none is intended toward you. (Toward Autism Speaks, however, is a different thing altogether.)

    The list of questions posted is missing an important point. You asked this, "Did you know that there is no medical detection or cure for autism?"

    But did you know that most people with autism don't WANT to be "cured"?! There's no medical detection for it because it's not an illness, or a genetic defect, or mutation...it's just that we process information differently. And I, along with every other autistic person I've communicated with, happen to LIKE the way our brains work, thank you very much!

    While I appreciate that parents with severely autistic children are desperate to be able to communicate with them, this does not mean that there's something *wrong* with those children, just something that we don't *understand*...and most of those ever-increasing numbers of autistic diagnoses are NOT classic or severe cases. Severe autism continues to be rare, thankfully.

    I have Asperger's Syndrome. Yes, I'm autistic. Yes, I had a horrible childhood because of it (thanks to public school, not my parents!) because I stood funny, I moved funny, I was clumsy and awkward, I didn't pick up on social cues and I acted differently to other kids. I was horribly literal and confused by other kids (as well as being quite confusing to them, I'm sure.) I appeared to have a horrible temper because I would be excrutiatingly upset at what other people thought were stupid little things. (I was in my 20s before I could stand to eat food that had mixed together, and I *still* have to stifle the urge to hit people if they touch my head or my hair!) My facial expressions and body language seldom matched the information I was trying to communicate, and I didn't pick up on other people's body language at all. (My husband still has to ask me sometimes whether I'm actually upset at something or just too tired to put expression on my face, because it's something I have to consciously do; it's still not automatic.)

    But thanks to my loving and caring parents and my own hard work, I've learned a lot of coping techniques over the years and I do a pretty good job at communicating with normal people these days. However, like many people with a disability, I'm somewhat insulted by people who think I need to be "fixed". (Again, I'm NOT saying that YOU are saying this...but it's Autism Speaks' primary raison d'être.) I'm not ill, and I'm not broken, I'm just different, and I don't need to be cured.

    ~~Autism Speaks does NOT speak for me!~~

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    1. Thank you for your comment, I do appreciate your perspective. However, I do stand by my post and I stand by Autism Speaks because I personally know families that this organization means a lot to. My intention was not to offend but to support my friend and help raise awareness that there ISN'T anything wrong with them but they are special and unique. If it wasn't for her and her little boy I wouldn't even be aware of it myself. Again, I thank you for your comment and your perspective.

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  3. Your mani is flawless. And, I appreciate your support! As a teacher of children with Autism, support is hard to come across. When people find out what I do, they kind of say "Oh" and that's it. Appreciation is amazing and one person can make all the different :)

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for doing what you do, I'm sure that is a very rewarding job and I know it takes a special person to do it too. :)

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  4. I love this!!!!!! I did a similar one for autism. My son was diagnosed. I'm so glad you are supporting. Thanks so much :-)

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  5. Wow Amber this is a awesome mani and your support is greatly appreciated. My son just loves bright colored mani's he thinks they are cool lol. Well done! :)

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  6. Autism Speaks doesn't speak for me or my family and me & my 3 pillars of strength are on the Spectrum with High Fuctioning Autism & Aspergers and Even though they do not Speak for us they are raising awareness and speaking to millions!!!! Love the manicure I would love to use the puzzle piece on my nails more info please!!!!!

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