April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.
Have you ever had a hard time finding the right words to express yourself? Have you ever been out with your friends but felt like an outsider? At some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced such a thing. Now, imagine this to be just one scenario you live through almost every day of your life. Add an added struggle with speech and communication. Are you starting to get the picture?
Autism is not a disease; it’s a disorder. It can be detected as early as 18 months of age through behavioral observation. Closely linked to Asperger’s, autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges in: Social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communications. It’s also recognized by unique strengths and differences.
During our Morning Broadcast at NIS, we lit it up blue in solidarity, support, and celebration of the challenges and gifts that come with Autism.
To learn more about Autism, please visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism