Every year on April 2nd, the world recognizes “World Autism Awareness Day!” Thanks to expanded research, understanding, diagnosis, and education of Autism Spectrum Disorder, many people are now aware of this condition and the way it effects people who have it.
The organization ‘Autism Speaks’ has done more than perhaps any other group to educate the public about ASD. Here is what they have to say about Autism:
“Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today.
We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.
Several factors may influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues.
Indicators of autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.”
So, what better day to share a fact about our business?! Mr. Canary® Company has succeeded BECAUSE of our many dedicated, capable, and top-notch workers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Truly. We would not be the company we are today if not for our employees with ASD. On a regular basis, these individuals continue to unlock new abilities and reach new achievements all while ensuring our product-quality can go toe-to-toe with any of our industry competitors!
Our business is just one small example of the massive value people with ASD contribute to our communities. While things have gotten better for folks with Autism, too many people still focus more on the challenges these individuals face, instead of focusing on the incredible things this group is capable of doing.
We know that many of our ‘fans’ have loved ones “on the Spectrum,” or perhaps are on the spectrum themselves. We invite each of you to share a success story of someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder here, in the comment section below! Let’s use today to recognize and salute the achievements off all people with ASD!