All too often, individuals who work with families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) hear they have experienced misunderstanding or faced judgmental attitude based on myth related to the disorder.
ASD is a relatively common neurodevelopmental disorder affecting up to 10 in 1000 children worldwide (Alsehemi, Abousaadah, Sairafi, & Jan 2017). In the US, recent statistics show that the disorder affects at least 1 in 59 children with prevalence in boys. In 2018, the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 37 are boys and 1 in 151 are girls, and 1 in 6 children had a developmental disability, ranging from mild such as speech and language impairments to severe developmental disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy and Autism.
For many years, educating the public about Autism and thus raising awareness has been the focus of large-scale initiatives, laws, and the primary reason of some sizeable national autism charities in the US (Dillenburger, Jordan, McKerr, Devine, & Keenan, 2013). Research in the field has also increased a great deal, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) and such as the non-profit organization, Autism Speaks are part of the large group of public and private organizations working to understand the signs of autism through research better.
Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with Autism. Every year, the organization organizes a series of Walks through the US to raise the funding needed to fuel research and support those who needed. In addition, it helps raise awareness in the community. This is important because enhanced public awareness is required to prevent delays in the provision of such services. Improved knowledge also helps in minimizing possible associated social stigma by assisting people in understanding the disorder and promoting acceptance and inclusion.
MGM Behavioral and MGM Academy are proud sponsors of the Autism Speaks Walk. For many years, MGM Behavioral, its therapists and MGM Academy has participated in their events and had contributed thousands to the organization to accomplish its mission.
MGM Behavioral is a behavioral health agency that provides evidence-based ABA therapy, mental health, and psychiatric services to individuals with different needs in Miami-Dade and Broward County. Through the dedication, love, and professionalism of its qualified therapists and professionals, MGM Behavioral has helped thousands of individuals and their families with disabilities accomplish their goals.
Alsehemi, M. A., Abousaadah, M. M., Sairafi, R. A., & Jan, M. M. (2017). Public awareness of autism spectrum disorder. Neurosciences (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), 22(3), 213–215. doi:10.17712/nsj.2017.3.20160525
Dillenburger, K., Jordan, J. A., McKerr, L., Devine, P., & Keenan, M. (2013). Awareness and knowledge of autism and autism interventions: A general population survey. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(12), 1558-1567.