April Is National Autism Awareness Month

Providing Support ◾ Promoting Awareness ◾ Educating the Community



COVID-19 and the Autism Community: We are experiencing an unprecedented historical event as COVID-19 has forced families to shelter in place at home altering our daily lives.  Having routines disrupted or completely changed can be catastrophic to a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Click HERE to check out the Autism Society’s COVID-19 toolkit for resources to help families deal with this global pandemic. Check with your child’s counselor or therapist to see if they offer sessions via Facetime, Zoom, or similar online platforms. Please do your part to help #flattenthecurve and #shelterinplace at home. Stay apart today so we can be together tomorrow.  


April is National Autism Awareness Month 

(April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day)  Take the pledge today! Pledge to choose kind.  Pledge to celebrate differences. Pledge to promote acceptance. Pledge to make a difference in your community.



“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” 

-Jennifer Dukes Lee



THE FACTS:

1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism

Boys are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls

Autism is a spectrum disorder and varies greatly from one person to another (no 2 people with autism are the same)

About 40% of children with Autism do not speak

Although Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, it’s also the most underfunded

Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups

While there is no cure for Autism, there are treatments, therapies, interventions and strategies that can help people with Autism Spectrum Disorder lead happy, fulfilled lives


DID YOU KNOW? Famous people on the Autism Spectrum.


Hans Christian Andersen – Children’s Author: He admitted the ugly duckling in the fairytale “The Ugly Duckling” was a metaphor for himself.


Emily Dickinson – Poet: She preferred to communicate with her friends and family through letters, even though her brother lived next door.


Albert Einstein – Scientist & Mathematician: It is said that his entire wardrobe consisted of five identical suits. When asked about this, he said, “So that I don’t waste any brainpower in the mornings deciding which set of clothes to wear.”


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Classical Composer: He made repetitive facial expressions and unintentional constant motion of his hands and feet. 


Dan Akroid - Actor: He admits he is obsessed with ghosts and law enforcement and carries around a police badge. 


We want to hear from YOU!  Do you have a personal story to share with us about Autism?  Do you have questions about Autism? Would you like to share a picture featuring an Awesome Autistic Inspiration?  What would you like to see in our newsletters? LET US KNOW!


What’s New?


Incoming Board Members

February - Anthony Smith, Gin Moore

March - Adam Wilkins


*All upcoming meeting dates have been temporarily suspended until further notice due to the state-wide Shelter in Place Executive Order currently in effect. 


Connect With Us

Contact us for more information about upcoming events and how you can become involved with the West Georgia Autism Foundation.

www.wgaautism.org  

wgaautism@gmail.com

P.O. Box 1562, Carrollton, Georgia 30112

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Your donation will help support Autism education, awareness, advocacy, research, and families living with Autism.

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” - Dr. Seuss

Our mission is to enrich the lives of families throughout West Georgia touched by Autism by providing support, promoting awareness, and educating the community.