April is World Autism Month. As an imaging center in New Jersey that provides services to a wide range of individuals, we know that this cause touches many of the patients that we serve.
What is Autism?
There are many types of autism. The term is used to refer to a broad range of conditions that impact social skills, behavior, speech, and nonverbal communication. It is estimated that 1 in 36 children in the United States are impacted by Autism. Signs of autism usually appear by the age of 2 or 3, and it can often be diagnosed as early as 18 months.
Research has shown that early intervention can lead to more positive outcomes for individuals affected by autism, so being aware of the signs is critical. Parents should speak to their child’s physician about signs to look for that could indicate autism, and what screening options are available for further evaluation.
What is World Autism Month?
World Autism Month officially begins on April 2 with World Autism Awareness Day, an event sanctioned by the United Nations. Throughout the month, participants are encouraged to come together in unity and collaboration to foster worldwide support for those affected by autism. The goal is to connect and create a more inclusive world for everyone, and a world in which people with autism are able to reach their full potential.
Whether you have autism, love someone who does, or just want to make a difference, there are many ways to participate in World Autism Month. You can visit AutismSpeaks.org to pledge your support by uploading a photo to be included in a worldwide mosaic, you can donate to Autism Speaks, you can share your story on social media, and you can connect with other people in the autism community.
ImageCare Radiology, your local imaging center in New Jersey, will be observing World Autism Month this April, and we hope that you will join us!