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Autism Awareness Month

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What is National Autism Awareness Month?

One in every 68 children in America are diagnosed with some form of autism. Almost twenty-five years ago the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion. National Autism Awareness Month has since grown to become an inspirational movement.

If you’d like to learn more, explore some of these resources:

Autism Speaks , Autism Society, and Autism Society of North Carolina

These organizations provide an overview of the symptoms of autism; state, national and global statistics; resources on current therapies; and how to find local support.

NC Cardinal- Autism

Explore over 775 books, audio-books, and downloadable resources available though our NC Cardinal catalog.  Titles include cookbooks and therapies available for parents and caregivers, a variety of perspectives on the condition of autism, biographies, as well as novels that include characters with autism.

McDowell County School System

Our local school system provides a wide variety of resources for children with autism.  Their website provides a comprehensive list of local groups that parents and caregivers can contact.

One response to “Autism Awareness Month”

  1. I would like to share our organization information with you:

    Family Support Network/HOPE is a non-profit organization that provides services to our county.

    The HOPE Family Support Network provides information, support, and training for families who have children of all ages and with all types of special needs in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell and Lincoln Counties in the foothills area of western North Carolina.

    Ways HOPE can help:

    Match families with parents who have children with similar disabilities and circumstances
    Provide information about disabilities and medical conditions
    Help families find and access resources
    Coordinate parent support and education groups
    Offer training on topics of interest for families and professionals
    Provide one-one assistance to help families become their child’s best advocate
    Help young people and adults with disabilities become effective self-advocates
    Promote opportunities for individuals and families to be part of improving resources, services and supports for people with disabilities.

    If you would like more information, flyers, etc. please feel free to contact me and I can help get information to you. Also, we would appreciate including our website on your page:

    Thank you.

    Samantha Parrow
    FSN/HOPE Board

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