Many people are confused about exactly what Autism is and is not. If you are one of those people, below is a definition of Autism from the Autism Speaks website:
“Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.
We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn to think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.”
The RRSA St. Louis family is a big supporter of Autism Awareness. Since April is World Autism Month, we hope that our blog readers will join us in supporting Autism Awareness. Back in October of 2018, what we call our Smiley Wylie Club participated in the St. Louis Autism Speaks Walk. Below are some pictures of the great time we had:
The kid in the picture above on the left, with Managing Partner of RRSA St. Louis, Eric Wylie, is Ethan, son of Eric and Sara. Ethan has Autism, and it has led Eric and his family on an educational and fascinating journey of learning and awareness of Autism.
Eric’s wife Sara is a huge supporter and advocate of Autism Awareness. In fact, Sara has a fundraiser on her Facebook page for her birthday and all the money goes to Autism Speaks. As of the writing of this blog post, there is a week left in Sara’s fundraiser, so check out her Facebook page here and if you feel moved to, donate to Autism Speaks.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Please join us in this month of April, World Autism Month, and hopefully all year long, in learning more about Autism and supporting Autism Awareness. If you have more questions about Autism don’t hesitate to call our office at 636-542-4816.
While you have us on the phone, you might even decide you need a FREE roof inspection! 🙂