April is Autism Acceptance Month
All month long, here at Quick 12, we will be providing highlights, social media posts, clinical pearls, screening recommendations, and resources to raise the acceptance and awareness of Autism.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects how individuals socially interact, communicate, learn, and behave with others. Autism spectrum disorder occurs throughout all gender, ethnic, racial, and economic populations. Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variety of social expressions and behaviors that can be experienced by individuals with autism.
Autism screening should occur during developmental assessment beginning at every child's 9-month wellness visit, with increased focus on screening as every child approaches their 2-year wellness visit.
One of the leading organizations supporting Autism Spectrum Disorder is the Autism Society. For the past 58 years, this organization connects people and families to the resources they need through education, advocacy, support, information and referral, and community programming through their nationwide network of affiliates. You see more about who and what the Autism Society does here at their webpage: https://autismsociety.org
The Autism Society has recently rebranded, transitioning away from the previously recognized puzzle piece to a new symbol that better represents the spectrum of Autism. In support of this rebranding, we decided to create our Accept Autism Long Sleeve around The Rainbow Spectrum which was introduced as a symbol portraying the Autism Spectrum in 2005.
Quick 12 created the Accept Autism Long Sleeve with 25% of profits being donated directly to the Autism Society to help support the pursuit of their vision of "Creating a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it."