Do you know anyone with autism? Even if you don’t think you do, chances are that you HAVE encountered an autistic person. That’s because autism occurs on a wide spectrum, with its symptoms ranging from mild to severe. And actually, about 1 in 110 people have this condition!
In order to increase recognition of autism and help people better understand this common condition, on April 2 of each year World Autism Awareness Day is observed. This event is marked by such things as informational events, media presentations, art exhibitions, and public displays. It is hoped that through increased autism awareness, those affected by autism can get the help and acceptance they need to live their lives to the fullest!
This video gives lots of great information about autism and just how common it is.
- This website tells all about autism and World Autism Awareness Day.
- Here are a bunch of terrific IMK posts about autistic people who are not only surviving, but thriving!
Topics for Discussion:
- Are you surprised to learn how common autism is?
- What would it be like to have autism? How would your life be different?
- Ask your teachers, family, and friends to join you in finding ways to help those in your community who are autistic!
- Visit the Autism page of the PBS website to learn more about autism and how you can help kids with this condition.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.