Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/support lead to significantly improved outcomes.
National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.
To learn more about what you can do in your community to promote awareness, action, inclusion, acceptance and appreciation of Mississippians with autism, visit www.teaam.org or 601-782-9005. TEAAM Autism is a non-profit, volunteer organization comprised of parents, family members, educators and service providers interested in the field of Autism, and focused on advancing the service potential for Mississippians with autism.