Increased autism awareness is an important part of the ACT mission. Autism does not have a "face"--there are no defining physical characteristics and the disorder is not easily recognized by the public. And yet, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., with 1 in 150 children now diagnosed.
When the public is made more aware of the prevalence of autism, they can become more supportive of families dealing with the challenges of autism. These challenges can include inappropriate or disruptive behavior; tantrums; self-stimulatory behavior; and increased risk behaviors.
For this reason, ACT schedules several Awareness events throughout the year; works with the media to increase awareness; and provides awareness items such as bumper stickers, lapel pins, window clings and magnets to remind the public of the many individuals living with autism in our area.