Monday, April 27, 2015

April: Autism Awareness

The month of April is Autism Awareness month. You may have seen Facebook posts, Light It Up Blue campaigns, and other information throughout the past few weeks, but here's the scoop: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development that effect 1 in 68 American children. The disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. 
Me and my brother, who is diagnosed with ASD, at my graduate school graduation
Autism awareness is a cause that hits close to home for me, and I can personally attest to the incredible amount of resources that it takes to care for a child with ASD.  I LOVE that the HollyRod Foundation is seeking to fill an unmet need by providing compassionate care and services to underserved individuals and families that are burdened financially and emotionally by a diagnosis. 

If you're looking for a feel-good way to start the week, support a great cause and shop the Visionary Bracelet (above) or make a small donation to The HollyRod Foundation or Autism Speaks


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