Hi everyone, we’re starting April with a rainy weekend, right? You know what they say though, April showers bring May flowers.
I wanted to talk about Autism Awareness this month, as April is also autism awareness month. I have a child on the spectrum and I’m eager to do anything and everything I can to further this cause, autism awareness. Did you know that One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? It’s staggering, right? Donations to groups like Autism Awareness, Light It Up Blue and Autism Speaks raises much needed funds to help provide treatment, education, research and advocacy.
My son is now 19, almost 20, and thriving. I was a bulldog when it came to his care and making sure he got the best I could get. I noticed something though over the years of testing, therapy and treatment… those without insurance or good insurance plans didn’t get the level of treatment they sometimes needed. Donations to the various reputable charities and organizations funnels back down so those without the means to get the treatment their children need get that extra push financially. Donations also go tired finding a cure and pushing new and advanced treatment options to the public.
Do you or someone you know live with Autism? Share your story in the comments, we all need a sounding board, right?
Every year I gather up a wonderful group of Authors, Bloggers, Promoters, Narrators and more and they all donate things for an auction on my Facebook page. This year I have over 50 lovely people donating with over 70 items to be had. Want to see what’s available and/or bid? Follow this link: https://goo.gl/ZLyXWa to see the album. If you click on the link and it says “unavailable” you need to go to the main page (https://www.facebook.com/TamsBookBlog/) like the page, click on Photos, then click on Albums, then click on the 2017 Autism Awareness auction album. All the details for the auction are listed with the first image.
Remember, April is autism awareness month so share your story, light it up blue (Home depot has blue light bulbs for your porch and a portion of each bulb sold goes to the ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign for autism awareness)… Listen, Learn, be an Ally!
Links for those needing assistance…
Autism Soceity: https://www.autism-society.org/
Autism Awareness: https://autismawareness.com/
Light It Up Blue: https://www.autismspeaks.org/liub
Home Depot bulbs: http://www.homedepot.com/s/autism%2520light%2520bulb?NCNI-5
TTC Books and more: https://www.facebook.com/TamsBookBlog/