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Project Autism Awareness Month kicks off on April 2nd – the date assigned to World Autism Day. The project will continue throughout April. Plum Tree Books will host an online event in celebration of this worldwide event via https://www.facebook.com/PlumTreeBooks.
Autism is a “spectrum disorder”, meaning it reveals itself in several different forms. It affects boys three to four more times than girls, and symptoms appear within the first three years of life. Autism is linked to abnormal biology and chemistry of the brain. It is more prevalent than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, and paediatric HIV combined.
The American Academy of Paediatrics released the following statement: “The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new data on March 30, 2012, showing that 1 in 88 children-or 1.13 percent of U.S. children-has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder(ASD). This represents a twenty-three percent increase in the past two years.” (Source: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/Prevalence-of-Autism-Spectrum-Disorders.aspx).
Tonia Houston, coordinating the project on behalf of Plum Tree Books said, “There is no better time than now to raise awareness. Plum Tree Books celebrates children. We hope this event will not only spread information, but honour autistic children and the people who love and care for them.”
Throughout the month, visitors are welcome to share information, personal stories, inspirational quotes, etc. Parents of autistic children who are involved with the event will share their stories on various blogs. Links to these blogs and relevant charities, resources, and national autism awareness events will be posted on the events page.
Other participating bloggers –
Brianna Soloski Girl Seeks Place http://girlseeksplace.wordpress.com April 2nd
Niamh Clune On the Plum Tree https://ontheplumtree.wordpress.com April 2nd
Karen S. Elliott The Word Shark http://karenselliott.wordpress.com April 2nd
Jontybabe(JB Johnston) It’s a Crazy World! http://jontybabe.blogspot.com April 3rd
Lorhainne Eckhart The Choice of Giving http://lorhainneeckhart.wordpress.com April 6th
Heather Reid I’d Rather be Writing www.heatherlreid.com April 9nth
Tonia Marie Houston Passionfind http://passionfind.wordpress.com April 11nth and end
of month wrap-up
Deb Hockenberry The Bumpy Road to Writing for Children http://thebumpyroadtopublishing.blogspot.com April 16nth