Tag Archives: Autism Awareness Month

Question?: Rett Syndrome In Boys

Donald asks…

Survey: How aware are you?

today is autism awareness day and all of april is autism awareness month i want to see how aware people actually are by asking afew questions
answer with what you honestly know if you want to look up the answers after you answer yours feel free to but not till you answer first

Question 1. what is meant by “autism spectrum” disorders?
2. What are sensory issues?
3 true or false if someone is not diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by age 12 that means they dont have one.
4. true or false autism is very rare in girls
5.true or false autism spectrum disorders are obvious and you can tell right away if someone has autism
6. what is asperger’s syndrome?

bonus question: can you read this article then tell me your reaction and weather you learned anything new http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/05/dont-judge-a-mother-until-you-know-the-whole-story/
oh and for why its in this section is because i feel in my opinion part of being spiritual is being in tune with the world around us and understanding others (or atleast trying to understand others)

admin answers:

1. The autism spectrum consists of classical autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and PDD-NOS. All these disorders involve social and communication issues in some way. The symptoms appear early in childhood and last throughout the lifetime.

2. Sensory issues are a common feature of autism spectrum disorders. Most frequently they are hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity, either in general or with specific stimuli. For example, I’m extremely sensitive to sound, and metal on metal is one sound in particular that’s painful for me. I’m hyposensitive to pain. Another common issue is difficulty filtering out background information, like music playing in the background. Sensitivity and filtering problems can lead to constant sensory overload.

3. False. The symptoms appear early on, but they aren’t necessarily caught early on. I wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s until I was 17.

4. False. It appears more common in boys, but the gender gap is actually a lot narrower. Girls are more likely to be misdiagnosed or undiagnosed for a variety of social and cultural reasons.

5. False. People with ASDs may not appear particularly unusual, or they may seem eccentric but not exactly autistic. If everyone could tell right away if someone had an ASD, mental health professionals are wasting their time with diagnostic evaluations!

6. Asperger’s is a mild form of autism. It’s very similar to HFA, but there’s no speech delay.

BQ: I liked the article. I think its meaning can apply to everyone – it’s important to not judge people right away, because you don’t know the whole story. What appears to be a poorly behaved child and an unconcerned mother is actually an overstimulated, anxious autistic child and a caring mother who’s trying to help him the best she can. Everyone has challenges that aren’t obvious from the outside, so it’s important to withhold judgment and keep an open mind, since there’s often more to a situation than meets the eye.

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Robert asks…

Why is that people complain about Black History Month but dont complain about the other months?

So Black Americans cant have their own month? Why the double standards and hypocrisy? Heres a list of all other months. I would think that this list would keep everybody happy but I guess everyone is happy when Black History is not recognized. smh

January
National Mentoring Month
Thryroid Disease Awareness Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month (New York)
National Glaucoma Awareness Month (Illinois)
National Stalking Awareness Month [1]
Geek Appreciation Month [2]

[edit] February
Black History Month (USA)
National Eating Disorders Screening Program
National Wise Mental Health Consumer Month
National American Heart Month
National Women’s Heart Health Day
National Have-A-Heart Day: Feb. 14
American Heart Association (Texas)
Low Vision Awareness Month: Prevent Blindness America (Illinois)
National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week (Wisconsin)
National Burn Awareness Week (Ohio)

[edit] March
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month[1]
Women’s History Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Greek-American Heritage Month
National Brain Injury Awareness Month [2]
Endometriosis Awareness Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Self Harm Awareness Month

[edit] April
Autism Awareness Month
Jazz Appreciation Month
National Poetry Month
Mathematics Awareness Month[3]
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
National Volunteer Month
Arab-American Heritage Month
Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
Donate Life Month– Organ and Tissue Donation

[edit] May
Rowena’s Eat Dessert First Month (http://www.rowenas.com/news)
Brain Tumor Awareness Month (http://www.MilesForHope.org)
Cystic fibrosis Awareness Month [4]
South Asian Heritage Month
Haitian Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Borderline Personality Disorder Month[citation needed]
Asthma Awareness Month[5]
National Pet Month
Mental Wellness Month
Science Month
Celiac Awareness Month
National Guide Dog Month (2008, 2009)
Jewish American Heritage Month
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Month
National Masturbation Month[6]
Social Media Month[7]
Lupus Awareness Month (US)[8]

[edit] June
Caribbean American Heritage Month[citation needed]
Gay/Lesbian Pride Month
National Father’s Day Month

[edit] July
National Vehicle Theft Protection Month[citation needed]
National Tickling Month
French-American Heritage Month
National wikipedia day

[edit] August

Spinal Muscular Atrophy awareness month

[edit] September
Arthritis Awareness Month (Canada)[3]
Childhood Cancer Awareness month
National Guide Dog Month (2010 to present)
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)
National Bourbon Heritage Month
National Yoga Month
National Preparedness Month[9]
German-American Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month

[edit] October
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
National Pork Month (United States) [10]
Black History Month (UK)
National Book Month[11]
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National CyberSecurity Awareness Month[12]
Filipino American History Month
LGBT History Month
Nonprofit Career Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
National Fire Prevention Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Italian-American Heritage Month
Vegetarian Awareness Month
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
Selective Mutism Awareness Month
National Pizza Month
Lupus Awareness Month (Canada)[13]
National Dental Hygiene Month[14]

[edit] November
Alzheimer Awareness Month
Movember
National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month[15]
COPD Awareness Month
Arts + Health Month
National Adoption Awareness Month
Nonprofit Awareness Month
Epilepsy Awareness Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month]
Prematurity Awareness Month

[edit] December

National Bleeding Money Month

admin answers:

I think it is retarded to have a black history month. Most of those other things you listed are to raise awareness for things like disorders and illnesses.

The jews were treated worse then the blacks more recently and they don’t have a holocaust month. Atheists and every religion other than catholics were tortured in the Spanish Inquisition. Do they have a month? White people get the most disadvantages nowadays and we don’t have a month.

If you don’t believe me go look at the requirements for standardized testing, if you are white you have to score higher on your exam in order to pass. High schools are allowed to have a Minority Student Union, Ebony Club, Black Honor Society. White clubs are not allowed due to racism. White people have a harder time getting on government assistance. I have tourettes and Autism and I am unable to get on government assistance. My disability lawyer even said (in joking) “too bad you are not black, then it would be easier to get you ssi”. There is a channel called BET and a magizine called Ebony. Do you see a white magazine or a white only tv channel? They even have their own award shows that only give awards to black actors, singers, etc. They are allowed to call themselves the “N” word without getting in trouble.

Now I expect to get thumbs down. But just ponder this. If my yahoo avater was black would you have thumbed me down for saying these things? Probably not.

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10 Days Until We Light It Up Blue!

The countdown is on to April 2nd! World Autism Awareness Month is in reach and we are so excited to Light It Up Blue! Everyday, leading up to the big day we’ll post highlights, interviews, photos, and much more!

Who’s Lighting It Up Blue?

Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee! Elvis Presley was ahead of his time when he sang about his ‘Blue Suede Shoes!’ Now in 2012, the King’s home will be lit up blue to shed a light on autism! 

Do you have a building or landmark that you would like to light up blue? Well register it at http://www.lightitupblue.org/

Community Spotlight!

 Here is Courtney! Courtney has Asperger’s Syndrome and was diagnosed at 13 years of age. She is now attending college majoring in Anthropology. Here she is featured in one of her favorite outfits!

If you are still unclear on ‘Light it Up Blue’ check out this introductory video!

Take the PLEDGE to Light it Up Blue!

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College Facebook Q&A Tomorrow, March 20 on Light It Up Blue

Tomorrow, March 20 at 5pm EST/ 2pm PST, Autism Speaks U will host a LIVE Facebook Q&A for college students on how to get their campus ready for Light It Up Blue. 

RSVP at http://on.fb.me/rsvpmarchliub or join the chat directly at http://on.fb.me/marchliub.

The Autism Speaks U team will discuss 7 ways to get college campuses ready for Light It Up Blue and for all of Autism Awareness Month. We’ll share event ideas, suggestions on how to engage the campus in these initiatives and ways to get local media coverage. Plus, participants can exchange ideas with other students from across the country!

To get involved with Autism Speaks U, click here.

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