Autism Watch: 2007

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I was cruising around the net this morning for news of activities in honor of World Autism Day, and found an article that I was sure had to be an April Fool’s day prank. (In fact, the timing of it still makes me wonder, even though it’s purported to be serious.) If you haven’t yet visited AAP’s site, and proclamation that they have met with DAN! representatives to understand Defeat Autism Now treatments and interventions better, it may just be the best thing you read any time soon. Oh, and they also recognize World Autism Day.

CNN has special broadcasting all day today. I’m watching now and unless Bernanke’s economics speech has something to do with autism, I guess it’s not a marathon of autism segments, but I’m not changing the channel. (And I actually learned something that I probably wouldn’t have cared about much before, until I try to sell my home or fill up my gas tank.) On CNN’s home page, you’ll find a link to Autism: Unraveling the Mystery, quite an inclusive list of videos and news articles about autism and those it effects. It showcases adults with autism, parents of autistic children, doctors, vaccine controversy, Jenny McCarthy..and the list goes on. Even if you don’t have time to read/watch it all today, share the link. Put it in your sig line. It could be the easiest autism advocacy/awareness effort you’ll do.

You can buy autism awareness bracelets at numerous sites in my blog list — TACA, National Autism Association, Generation Rescue, and so forth. Maybe today is the day I should wear my “Autism: It’s no mystery, it’s mercury” t-shirt? (Would that tick off the doctor I have to see this morning to refill my migraine medications? Do I dare risk it? A migraine is pretty painful and puts me out of commission for days……) If nothing else, slap an autism awareness ribbon on your car and be prepared to tell the approaching strangers (who will come, I promise) where you bought it. And oops, leave some of your autism education cards in public places. There’s not a better day to deluge the world that autism is here, it’s not going away, and we all need help.

April is Autism Awareness month. I keep looking around to see what major entities are going to do — you know, how they have pink appliances, pink pens, pink ribbons, pink makeup, everything pink for breast cancer awareness and blue bracelets for cancer, etc. — but so far, the only place I’ve seen so much as a slew of puzzle piece pins is in the Nascar community. We’re at 1-in-150 children with some form of autism, and that’s all I can find? (And way to go, Nascar, for doing this. I would love to see the money go to NAA or TACA, rather than Autismspeaks, but at this point I am at least glad to see the awareness there, period, as they do a great job of discussing autism and giving back to the community.)

I heard Barnes & Noble was doing some reading or related events to help with awareness, but when I last looked at the participating branches here in California, I was sad to see only a couple listed, and nothing local. An email to B & N asking what I could do to help with one locally, or where more were, has gone unanswered for over two weeks now. I see CNN has some autism-related content on Wednesday, April 2. I can’t really find much being done for month-long exposure, though there are some one-time events scattered around. I sure hope I’m missing the big entity events somewhere, and in case I am, I’d love to get some comments directing me on where they are so I can promote them.

On a related note, what are you doing for autism awareness this month? I created some new cards to hand out to people in public: green for mild autism awareness, yellow for “hmmm, you could do with a little autism education” and red for “whoa, hold on, you did NOT just say that to/about me or my child.” I’ve been sharing more and more online links/articles with people. Not sure what else yet, as awareness has become a part of my everyday life, so it’s hard to think of new things that go above and beyond. Guess it’s time to ramp it up a bit….along with this blog entry, a pretty mundane one but considering I’m coughing up a lung as I type, I’m just glad that I can backspace enough to fix my typos.

Have a good autism awareness month — I’m anxious to see what others are doing.


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