WHAT IT IS
- Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others.
- The term “spectrum” refers to the broad array of symptoms and severity.
- Jan. 2008: United Nations unanimously established April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day.
- Its purpose is to raise awareness and help improve the quality of life of people with Autism.
WHY IT MATTERS
About 1 out of 68 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with some form of Autism. Its prevalence transcends race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, although it is 4.5 times more likely to affect boys than girls. Families with a child with Autism can spend on average about $4,110 to $6,200 more a year than families without a child with Autism.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Sesame Street introduced its first character with Autism, a green-eyed, redheaded Muppet named Julia.
- Airports in Ireland and the U.S. are introducing “quiet rooms” for families of children with Autism.
- Disabled workers are paid the same minimum wage as others due to President Obama’s 2014 order to increase minimum wage to workers under federal contracts.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- How would you feel if you knew your boss was on the spectrum?
- “High-Functioning” vs. “Low-Functioning” Autism