Today is the eighth annual World Autism Day. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is a developmental disability characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior. Children with autism are not mentally ill or slow, they just learn differently. They may be sensitive to certain sounds or feelings and they may not talk when other children talk, but there is definitely a whole lot more going through their minds then people realize.
Meet Mya Mae Grace
Mya Mae is my 6-year-old little sister who has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism. She doesn’t speak in full sentences just yet, but she can express her emotions non-verbally, she can run really fast, she can figure out how to play her cartoon videos on YouTube all by herself, and we are pretty sure that she she knows how to read a little bit. She is an amazing child and although she doesn’t speak her mind or communicate like other six-year-olds, I firmly believe that she is just as smart cognitively. She is adorable, silly, and a huge handful. She is perfect.
Show Your Support
*Donate to Autism Speaks
*Take the time to educate yourself about ASD
*Volunteer at an Autism Center or classroom
*Post about Autism Awareness all month long (April is Autism Awareness Month)