Autism Awareness #LightItUpBlue – My Son’s Diagnosis
April is Autism Awareness Month and this year it has more meaning for me personally. Last year our oldest son was officially diagnosed on the autism spectrum. We had suspected it when he was younger but after a brief screening as a preschooler we were told that he wasn't. A more thorough evaluation this past year when he was 11, yielded a more accurate result.
Understanding what autism is, and how it can be diagnosed, was an important first step for our family. It helped us learn to better communicate not only with our son, but with his teachers and other authority figures in his life. Since April is World Autism Awareness Month, you can #LightItUpBlue with Autism Speaks to help make others more aware and understanding about autism.
Often the most obvious signs appear between 2 and 3 years old. But for many people living with autism the unique way of looking at the world continues into adulthood. That's why the “Light It Up Blue” campaign is so important – we need to all become more understanding and accepting of autism. I encourage you to test your understanding of autism by taking this quiz.
You can make a difference by taking the quiz, sharing your results and what you may have learned, with the #LightItUpBlue hashtag. Be sure to see all the resources and information available at AutismSpeaks.org.