Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Ribbon LogoApril is Autism Awareness Month. This month, learn about Autism, celebrate and support your students, classmates and community members on the spectrum.

Based on a 2012 survey of 11 communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 68 children (1.5%) are identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is not a single disorder, but a group of closely related disorders affecting how a child learns, interacts with others and communicates. Behaviors, abilities, and symptoms vary considerably creating unique challenges for intervention and treatment.

Recommended books

Autism and college students
This book list includes books for instructors, personal stories of college students with autism, parents’ guides to student success and more.

The reason I jump: the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism
An illuminating look into the mind, struggles, and perspectives of an autistic child who was diagnosed with autism at the age of five.

Look me in the eye: my life with Asperger’s
A memoir of the author with Asperger’s. He was not diagnosed until he was 40 years old.

Recommended research guides

Recommended websites

Autism Society of America
The Autism Society of America website provides information and resources for people living with autism, their family members, and for people who want to learn more. Includes information about autism through the lifespan, and resources for self-advocacy.

PCC Disability Services “Students on the Spectrum”
Provides resources and links to local resources for students on the spectrum and their families.

MedlinePlus provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and links to a wide variety of resources.

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