It’s time to pull out your multi-colored ribbon and be mindful of a misunderstood and puzzling condition known as Autism. Autism Awareness Month first began in April of 1970. The goal was and still is to educate the public by bringing focus and attention to this debilitating mental and developmental disorder that affects more than 24 million people worldwide. Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is an intricate neurodevelopment disorder that causes difficulties in the way an individual behaves, communicates and interacts with others. Typically these symptoms are present at birth but can also develop in early childhood. Some parents begin noticing signs of distinctive and repetitive behavior patterns within the first 2 years of their child’s life such:
- Constant movement
- Hyper behavior
- Short attention span
- Aggressive behavior
- Lack of coordination
- Doesn’t want to play with others
Autism is a wide spectrum disorder and effects each person differently. Individuals have their own unique symptoms themselves and no symptoms are ever the same. It’s important that we educate ourselves on the mysteries of autism and become more aware not just during the month of April, but let us make this a year-long priority. Children with this disability need extra time, care patients and the families who are affected by this need our support. Chances are you already know somebody with autism, so let’s proudly wear our pins and continue to raise awareness for those who live with autism.
Aunt Laurie’s products offered that are made by individuals with Autism and developmental disabilities and the organizations we support links are below. We include all of these products or are about to in our pre-made gift baskets and also offer them to build your own and custom corporate gifts too.
Candles – http://scentsability.org/
Dog Biscuits – https://waggies.org/
Biscotti – https://www.smilebiscotti.com/
Scrubs, eye pillows, key chains, coasters – http://craftersforlife.com/
chocolates – http://www.thechocolatespectrum.com/
dog biscuits https://www.goodreasons.com/
beach towels, totes, etc. embroidery and silkscreening – https://www.spectrumdesigns.org/
ceramics – https://www.pephhi.org/
Bath and Spa Products – http://lifeworksadultautism.org/ enables adults on the autism spectrum opportunities to express, explore, and achieve diagnostic-appropriate independence through social and communicative educational development as well as vocational readiness programming.