April is National Autism Month

Did you know according to the CDC, white children were 30% more likely to receive an ASD diagnosis than black children?

In order to bring awareness to anything, one must first understand what it is and what its not. So what exactly is autism? According to the site Autism Speaks, Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to conditions characterized by things such as challenges with social skills, speech and Non-Verbal Communication and Repetitive Behaviors. Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett's Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder are all housed under the umbrella or complex puzzle we have come to know as Autism. The Autism Awareness ribbon puzzle pattern represents the complexity of the autism spectrum. The colors and shapes represent the diversity of those living with and affected by the condition.

 We feel it's important to bring more awareness to this developmental disorder because of the disproportionate rates it affects the black community. Lets be clear, Autism effects every, race gender and creed, but it's our black boys and girls who receive less then adequate care and miss or late diagnosis. We find that organizations tailored specifically for us such as The Color of Autism Foundation, who's mission is to provide support and resources for those individuals and families affected by autism and are particularly devoted to empowering African American families in the process. The earlier the intervention and access to health services and resources, the better the quality of life can and will be for those who suffer from the disorder. 

Raise Awareness

Take Action

Create Inclusion

 Normalize Acceptance

Show Appreciation

Being aware and raising awareness is just part of providing a solution to the problem. People with autism are unique, special and require us as humans to reach deep inside ourselves to show compassion, empathy and acceptance. We polled our Instagram followers recently and were blown away by some of the responses.

“I am in the field of early detection/intervention/evaluation for children with autism and other related disabilities. It’s a gift.  Children on the spectrum navigate the earth on a different frequency. Their sensitivities are beyond our understanding. They touch your soul and make you appreciate the smallest victories in life. 
— @kokopuffs77
“Having a brother thats autistic allows me to be more understanding of families that have children like him, and I am now more sensitive to people who struggle having an autistic family member, cause my brother could have not been able to talk or feed himself so because of him I have become a better person.”
— @glamorous_luv
“I have become less judgemental, more understanding and appreciative of parents with autistic kids. My baby cousins are within the spectrum.”
— @tequila.sunset