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A Beginner's Guide to April

April has been designated national Autism Awareness Month and provides the perfect opportunity for individuals and organizations across the nation to educate their communities about autism. Autism New Jersey's "Autism Awareness Ambassador Program" enables individuals concerned about autism to raise awareness in their neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and local communities.

7 Easy Ways to Make a Statement

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Quick Links for National Autism Awareness Month

It's never too late.  Here are some simple ways you can start the conversation and spread the word.

5 Easy Ways to Spread the Word:

1. Facebook

  • Like Autism New Jersey's Page
  • Post a message of your own on Facebook
  • Like/Share Posts from Autism New Jersey
  • Link to an article...or this webpage (use the "Share this" Button at the top of the page)
  • Share a photo

2. Tweet About It

  • Tweet with us @autismnj
  • Try these hashtags:  #autismawareness #autismnjambassador #1in68

Instagram 3. Instagram
Pinterest 4. Pinterest

  • A picture is worth a thousand words, so post one on on Instagram or Pinterest

5. Traditional, Offline Paper

  • Go "old school."  Download, print out and distribute our "State the Facts" Fact Sheet.

What to Wear:

By wearing or displaying autism awareness apparel or accessories, you are showing the world autism is a cause that matters to you. The possibilities are endless:

An Autism New Jersey shirt or hat
A blue hair extension...or feathers!
A favorite puzzle piece charm or jewelry
A Ribbon Pin
Paint your nails
A Tattoo:  temporary or real
Dress up your car with a magnet or cling 

By the Numbers -- 1 in 68:

It sometimes seems like there are a lot of numbers floating around about the prevalence of autism in the United States.  And the statistics seem to change all the time, including a new report released just last month.  The official number remains 1 in 68 children in the United States; 1 in 45 in New Jersey. 

During April, why don't we focus on the "one?"  Who is the person in your life that is affected by autism? Is it your son?  Your daughter?  Your student?  Your brother?  You?  Now is the time to share your personal story and tell others how autism affects you.

Click here for more info about prevalence rates.

Upcoming Events:

It's impossible to list all the events and activities that are being planned throughout the state.  Here are some links that can help:

Coming Together as a Community:

April is our month to shine and to show the world that we are united as a community.  We applaud the efforts of our fellow advocacy organizations (Autism Speaks, The Arc, POAC and FACES, to name just a few) and our members that are working towards the same goals: 

  • Creating communities that embrace and accept people with autism. 
  • Creating a greater understanding of the impact autism has on an individual and their families. 
  • Encouraging our government officials to recognize the need for quality programs and services to meet the needs of individuals with autism throughout the lifespan.

The Other 335 Days:

The month of April may put autism in the spotlight, but we know most of you live with it all year long.  We're here to help, 365 days of the year.

Ways To Give

By the Numbers
  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys nationwide, according to the CDC
  • Autism affects 1 in 45 children in New Jersey
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • The cost of supporting an individual with an ASD and intellectual disability during his or her lifespan was $2.4 million in the US. (Previous cost study 2007)
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Read more about the current CDC Autism Prevalance Rates or click here.