Today is April 1. the day we kick off the Royal Blue for Autism Awareness campaign.
We will be providing links, information and great new content for you through this site and our great participants. Its also an election year. So we will be taking on how the politics of Autism Awareness is shaping up.
Here's where we are:
- Per the CDC, 1 in 50 people are on the autism spectrum
- Girls are still the most under/undiagnosed group (All ethnicities)
- Black and Latino Boys are diagnosed as many as 2 1/2 years later than white children. This is due to not only lack of information about Autism in those communities, but because of perceived bias towards those children that are detrimental to them in the early years.
- STILL, less than 15% of doctors in California has Autism Assessment resources in Spanish
We will be talking about both Awareness and Acceptance. We understand that in many communities, "Awareness" is still needed before "Acceptance" occurs. We will also be talking about how Acceptance has to happen in Autism communities that don't include underrepresented communities
Long Story Short, We have a lot of work to do, and with your help, we can make change happen.
Please share our posts, articles and stories the entire Month of April. Our goal is to not only erase the stigma, but to provide people the tools they need to help the children around them.
Monika Brooks, Founder
Mocha Autism Network