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April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month
Posted on 03/24/2015
This is the image for the news article titled April is Autism Awareness MonthTo bring awareness to the issues surrounding Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder, the Norwalk Board of Education has named April as Autism Awareness Month.  For information on national Autism Awareness Month, click here:  Autism Speaks.  

Norwalk Public Schools families and staff are invited to join others in the community on Monday, March 30 at 7 pm at the gazebo on the Norwalk Town Green for a special ceremony to "Light It Up Blue."  Click here for more information: 
Light It Up Blue 2015 Flyer

Below is the text of the Board's proclamation.
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AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

April 2015

To bring awareness to the issues surrounding Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder, the Norwalk Board of Education recognizes April as National Autism Awareness Month.  

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.  In May 2013, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder (not otherwise specified), and Asperger syndrome.

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention, and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some people with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development.  The most obvious signs of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Increasing autism awareness is extremely important, as early intervention can improve outcomes.  Norwalk families, in partnership with schools, local organizations, and government institutions, play an invaluable role in sharing information and support.

By declaring April as Autism Awareness Month, the Board of Education encourages the community to learn more about recognizing and responding to the signs autism.  Links to resources for Norwalk parents, including information for Norwalk SPEDPartners and the Association of Parents of Exceptional Children and Siblings (APECSct), can be found in the Resources and Links section of the Norwalk Public Schools website.