Tonight at church my friend’s 5th grade son gave me this pin. He made 30 of them – painting the puzzle pieces, putting them together – to give to people for Autism Awareness Month, which began Friday.
This is personal to him; he was diagnosed this year with Asperger’s (a disorder on the Autism Spectrum). Amazingly, he is one of four boys I know at my church alone who are on the Autism Spectrum.
There is no known cause for autism, and likewise there is no known cure. Awareness of autism and the various symptoms/indicators can lead to earlier and better diagnoses, with better treatment plans that allow those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to best manage autism and the impact it has on their life.
For more information on autism, check out the Autism Fact Sheet from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (Autism Fact Sheet) or their fact sheet on Asperger Syndrome (Asperger Fact Sheet).