World Autism Awareness Week

 In Awareness Campaigns, Mental Health

Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, yet it is one of the most underfunded, which is where World Autism Awareness Week (WAAW) comes in.

What is the aim of World Autism Awareness Week?

World Autism Awareness Week aims to educate people on autism and make a huge difference to the lives of autistic people all over the world. Approximately 1 in every 100 people have autism and although it doesn’t affect someone’s life expectancy because they are prone to accidents their mortality risk is twice as high as the general population. With this in mind, more needs to be done to help these people and education on the condition is the first way to aid autism suffers in their day-to-day lives.

What is Autism?

Autism is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. Symptoms usually show themselves before a child reaches three and the first sign can be that your baby is not being as vocal as others. This will also mean they are not interested in playing or talking to other children of the same age and will often play alone. If any of these tendencies are noticed then it is always best to see a healthcare professional for a diagnosis.

Autism can also be accompanied by numerous other medical conditions such as asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders and more.

Approximately 1 in every 100 people have Autism.

Autism is incurable but if detected early, it can be treated effectively and a lot of the varying symptoms can be improved, so getting tested as early as possible is extremely important. During World Autism Awareness Week, there will be many fundraising activities and workshops for people to get involved with, and you can get more information on these via the National Autistic Society’s website.

Facts on Autism

The National Autism Association has developed a fact sheet on Autism including –

  • Autism doesn’t affect your life expectancy, but because of their accident proneness, their mortality risk is twice as high as that of the general population.
  • Approximately, 1 in every 100 people has autism
  • Autism affects, approximately, 1 in 68 children.
  • Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.
  • No two people with autism are the same. The condition varies greatly.
  • Autism rates have grown steadily in the last twenty years.

 

References

  1. http://nationalautismassociation.org/resources/autism-fact-sheet/
  2. http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/world-autism-awareness-week.aspx
  3. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Autistic-spectrum-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

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