Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, and occurs in approximately one out of every 68 births. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries.
What can you do to bring Autism Awareness to your community?
Host an event or join with others and attend an event like the Walk for Autism, create a bulletin board, wear an autism awareness ribbon, make a donation to ASM, join our Facebook group, become a member of ASM, take an autism survey to help a research study, join a support group, share the autism awareness ribbon or information on social media, purchase an autism awareness item in the ASM store to wear or share, learn more about autism and much more!
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"JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING APRIL 2018 AS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH"
The Autism Society of Maine was honored April 3rd at the Maine State House with a Joint Resolution sponsored by Representative Richard Farnsworth and cosponsored by the House of Representatives and Senate Chamber, recognizing April 2018 as Autism Awareness Month in the State of Maine.
Please see the list of Representatives and Senators that signed their name in agreement and support of the April Autism Awareness Month Joint Resolution in The House Calendar document (4-4): http://legislature.maine.gov/house/hcalfr.htm
If you would like thank your Representative and Senator for his/her signature by email, please go to this address: http://legislature.maine.gov/house/jt_list_alpha.htm
The Autism Society of Maine gives sincere appreciation to the Maine Legislation for their pledge, support and encouragement to all affected by autism.
Understanding autism can begin with stories about a child, sibling, friend, and classmate with autism. The ASM Lending Library is a FREE resource filled with books, cd's,dvd's for children and adults about autism. We can send to you at no cost, library material and even give you return postage to send back to us! ( keep the original packaging for the return.)
Autism Awareness Packets are Free and can be mailed to you at no cost.
This year, ASM will have four different autism awareness packets to choose from for schools, first responders, doctor’s offices, and a general autism information packet. Each packet will contain autism information, poster, brochures, autism awareness ribbons, and depending on which packet, will determine additional information and resources. The packets can also be seen online and printed out. 5 Autism awareness ribbons are included. To request your FREE Autism Awareness packet be mailed, call ASM at 1-800-5200 or email: email@example.com
School Autism Awareness Packet
First Responders Autism Awareness Packet
Medical Autism Awareness Packet
General Autism Awareness Packet
Autism Information Specialist are trained by ASM and can provide educational information to parents, guardians, individuals with ASD and various agencies, professionals and service providers. Our presentations are specifically designed to respond to the needs of those who request them. FMI call ASM: 1-800-273-5200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2, 2018 World Autism Day
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that will focus will be on the importance of empowering women and girls with autism and involving them and their representative organizations in policy and decision making to address these challenges.
"Light it up Blue"
As part of a gobal initative to help raise awareness for autism on April 2nd, iconic landmarks around the world will be illuminated at night with blue lights in a "light it up blue" campaign.