For Autism Awareness Day, I am sharing the introductory narrative to Chapter 1 in my book, Conversations About Autism.
The first chapter is titled Autism Awareness: What do families want you to know?
Autism awareness first requires a little understanding about what autism actually is. Awareness, however, involves so much more than that. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in fifty-nine children has autism. With that many children on the spectrum, every one of us has probably encountered at least one child or adult with autism, whether or not we know it! While you may not have recognized that the behaviors you observed were symptoms of autism, you probably noticed something unique about that person.
An online search of the question, “What is autism?” might be helpful, but some simple background information might be enough to help you…
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