GFWC Recognizes Autism Awareness Month

April 11, 2017

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are general terms for a group of complex abnormalities of brain development. Individuals with autism are often misunderstood. Autism Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to spread knowledge and foster an understanding of the disorder, celebrate the unique talents of people with autism, and bring attention to the autistic community’s needs.

Individuals with autism do not necessarily look different from others but may be impaired in their speech, behavior, learning, and perceptions of the world around them. It is important to remember that all people, including those on the autism spectrum, have a variety of intellectual strengths and weaknesses.

There are many myths surrounding autism. One of the most common myths is that every autistic person is identical. In fact, it is impossible to find two autistic individuals who are the same. As Valerie Lentz of Easterseals’ says, “They are unique individuals with abilities, quirks, and preferences that may or may not have anything to do with having autism. Understanding the symptoms that define autism is very important, and understanding that autism does not define the person is equally important.”

Learn more about autism by reading Valerie’s blog on As the Medical Diagnostic and Autism Program Coordinator for Easterseals Joliet Region, she has invaluable advice to offer on the diagnosis and treatment of autism.


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