Thursday, March 29, 2012

Do2Learn and Autism Awareness Month

If you are reading this blog you are are probably pretty aware of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). If you are not, let me give you the short version. ASD was first identified in 1943 and as of today we don't know what causes it. There is a lot of reliable research going on right now, so we may have an answer soon. What we do know is that ASD affects 1 in 110 (CDC announced on 3/29/12 that the numbers are 1 in 88) children born today and that more than 15 million Americans (we are talking about loved ones, care givers, educators, and professionals) are impacted by this disorder everyday. ASD is 4 times more prevalent in boys than girls and is a lifelong disorder with no known cure.

April is noted as Autism Awareness Month worldwide and April 2nd is WORLD Autism Day. On April 2nd it has become tradition to “light it up blue” by changing your porch lights to blue bulbs, hanging blue lights along your house, requesting your city to change lights on significant buildings to blue for the day to increase awareness of about Autism. If you have not thought about doing this at your house, you still have time to go out and pick up a blue bulb. They can be found at your local grocery store or hardware store.

Do2Learn's team of educational and clinical experts understand the impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder's on those who educate, love and care for them. That is why on the D2L website you will find so many “FREE” areas of activities along with our products that are for purchase. Our Facebook page is also a good place for you to come and share with us and each other about what works and does not work for you in your class, home, and in the community. We also have started a LinkedIn group for that reason as well.

Do2Learn is committed to providing quality resources for parents, teachers and professionals. We explain to you how to use those resources and provide a way for you to ask us questions and leave us comments. We also provide those resources on our website. We also want to offer you a way to communicate with one another about our products too. Please be sure to take advantage of all the resources that Do2Learn has made available.

Share with us how you are increasing Autism Awareness in your community! We really do want to know!

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