Monday, 23 April 2012

Autism Awareness


Hi everyone, when the wonderful RJ Scott first contacted me about what she was doing to help raise awareness for Autism, during the month of April, my immediate response was count me in. This is such a great cause and the more awareness we bring to it the better it will be.

Then I started thinking. I’ve never actually been touched by Autism in my life. I’ve never known a child, an adult, a friend or a family member that has been diagnosed with Autism.  So what am I supposed to write about?

My thoughts were to give you a couple of facts about Autism in Australia. So here we go. This is what I have found.

One definition of Autism that I found is as follows: Autism Spectrum Disorders are a lifelong disabilities affecting 1 percent of Australians. People with Autism (80 percent of whom are male) typically display significant impairments in the areas of social interaction, communication and behaviour (limited interests and repetitive behaviours). Many people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder also have under or oversensitivity to sound, sight, taste, touch, smell, temperature and/or pain. People with Autism Spectrum Disorder may feel anxiety, confusion or frustration in dealing with the challenges of everyday life
http://www.daisi.asn.au/index.php?option=com_glossary&Itemid=15&id=3&letter=A

Autism affects about 5 children per 10,000 in Australia. However, there is a concern that autism is being underdiagnosed and that the real rate may be as high as 60 children per 10,000.

Males are affected 4 times more commonly than females.

http://www.virtualmedicalcentre.com/diseases.asp?did=480#Statistics

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"No, thank you. I really need to get going. It's getting late." Frankie had no idea what time it was but knew he needed to get away from this gorgeous man before he threw himself at him. That really wasn't a good look for anybody, especially him.

"Nonsense, the night is young. Stay, have a drink with me, and we can talk some more. Plus, there is no way out," Merrick stated as he waved at the other end on the rounded booth to show the entrance blocked by Bryce and two other men.

"Thank you for your help with Peter earlier, but I really must be going. It was lovely to meet you, Merrick." Before anyone else in the booth knew what he was doing, Frankie stood up on his seat and walked across the table before jumping down and landing lightly on his feet.

Merrick flung his head back and laughed. "Oh, you are going to look so good by my side, sweetheart. I can't wait."

"Well, you're just going to have to." With that parting remark, Frankie turned and walked out of the club. And if he put a little extra sway in his hips, so what?

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5 comments:

Jess M said...

Autism awareness is so important. My friends 4 year old has autism and she was happy to find quite a but of support out there!!

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Tessypoo said...

Thank you for Helping to raise awareness for Autism.

Both of my kids have autism, one severe the other mild, it's an everyday struggle to get my oldest to communicate with us because she is non verbal,and to teach both kids what they will need to know to get on with others in this world.
I'm one of the lucky ones,I've gotten help and both my kids are in schools that have teachers that think of the kids first.

hugs, Tess

Olivia said...

My little brother has Autism and you don't know how much it means to me that you are willing to help out such a great cause! He's in a good school and many people care for him. I feel like having somebody like that in your life makes everyday much better and when I'm at college I don't talk to him too much and miss like crazy. You never realize how much of an impact they can have on your life until you spend some time without them.

Thank you for this wonderful post!

Best wishes,

Olivia

RJ Scott said...

Thank you for hosting this Toni! XXXXX

Yvette said...

I have had many students who were autistic and I also teach about it in my classes.....thanks for the blog and making people more aware!
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com