What is Autism?
"Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities."
The above quote comes from the Autism Society of America's Website (Autism of America). I love definitions because they seem to have it all wrapped up in a nutshell. However, for me Autism has been a world that has blocked me from fully communicating with my child. According to the Centers for Disease Control,as many as 1.5 million Americans today are believed to have some form of autism. And this number is on the rise.
Having a child diagnosed with Autism in the 1980's (early 80's) was almost impossible. As a parent their were slim to none informational resources. Their wasn't an internet, that could zoom you to information as to why your healthy 3 year old, is suddenly not talking, not walking, in her own world.
Many of you that have followed me throughout my years of blogging have read my updates on my daughter. The road has not been very easy, but I am a person that truly believes love and understanding are two of the top communicative devices that people possess.
Bloggers Unite has once again enlisted the help of Bloggers Worldwide to spread the word about this disorder that is so non-discriminatory. It attacks anyone. I have been an advocate of Autism for over 28 years. I have gone as far as to stand on the steps of the Capital building (here in my area of Sacramento, California).
Here is a link to some more wonderful blogs (BLOGS ABOUT AUTISM)
Autism programs for Newstalk 93FM
Families affected by autism in Jamaica will, today will have weekly access to expert advice, guidance and outlets for emotional pain as the Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation begins an autism special on Newstalk 93 FM.
Specials with Maia Chung will give information on policy developments that will formulate the way forward and is formatted as an interview/public feedback with specialists, consultants - local and international - and policy makers, speaking to the topic moderated by journalist Maia Chung.
The programme, sponsored by Digicel, will have its first broadcast the day before global Autism Awareness Month in April. It will carry the views of experts on the subject which is of growing concern in Jamaica.
The show will air on Newstalk 93 FM each Tuesday night between 10:00 pm and 12:00 midnight.
If you would like to further get involved, below are a few channels to explore
Here are just a few ways to get involved:
- Walk with Wubbzy on the Web!
- Become a Fan of World Autism Awareness Day on Facebook - invite your friends!
- Attend an event in your area
- Send an eCard to your family and friends
For more ways to participate and other materials, click here