The month of April is known for many awesome days like Easter and April Fools, but April is also the month of Autism Awareness. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a large quantity of conditions of challenge on various skills like social, behavioral, or communication skills. April gives people without Autism some awareness of ASD. Spreading awareness can help in extreme ways such as bringing in monetary donations and starting something special. Things like Kickstarter and GoFundMe are great ways to show support. Autism is a lot more common than people think and 1 in 44 children in the United States have Autism (CDC). Here at Bonneville High School, ASD has affected many students, affecting the way they learn, or communicate, and not enough people are aware of how many students have been affected by ASD.
Many people are very rude or hurtful to individuals with ASD, This only makes things worse for some. Just because someone has a disability does not mean one has the right to make fun of, or hurt emotionally or physically. ADS has affected thousands of people; April just gives people with ADS the appreciation they deserve. Having an awareness month has worked very well for other things like breast cancer awareness. If anyone knows people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, make sure to reach out, and talk to them. Make sure they are in good health and are mentally stable. Since ADS can be a mental disorder, be a little lenient with them. Reaching out and talking is one of the best ways to bring some joy and awareness for ASD. High Schools are an amazing way to show awareness as well, the high school setting can be a very difficult time for people suffering from ASD. High school can be very intimidating for lots of students, which can also be even more intimidating for students with ASD as it can be much harder for them in the environment. Cause and effect is pushing AwarenessAwareness to play big parts in people's lives. April can help hundreds of people and others can too.