Today, April 2nd, is the 6th Annual Autism Awareness Day. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development, characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. According to statistics from the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) approximately 1 in 88 American children fall on the autism spectrum. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls is diagnosed with autism in the United States. Thanks to growing awareness and increasing interest and funding of research, we no longer have to answer "What causes Autism?" with "We have no idea." Research is now delivering answers. You can read more about what researchers are discovering at AutismSpeaks.org.
Colored puzzle pieces, as you see below have become the symbol of Autism. Autism is a puzzle we are trying to understand and hopefully one day solve, made up of many different disorders. We challenge you to take some time today to learn something new about Autism. By increasing awareness we increase understanding.
EtsyKids team members have been staunch supporters of Autism awareness and research since our early beginnings on Etsy and the EtsyKids team. Some of the sellers featured in this collection, will donate a small portion of the sale to Autism Research. See their item description on Etsy for more information.