Autism Awareness Challenge

Posted March 24, 2010 by Pixie in Uncategorized / 20 Comments

April is Autism Awareness Month, and I wanted to do something a little different to spread the word, so I came up with this challenge. A few of our affiliates have signed on to help us spread the word(Mundiemoms & Eves Fan Garden). We would love for other blogs to join us during the month of April- in return we will be giving away a preordered copy of Harmonic Feedback.
What do you need to do?

Starting April 1st 2010

  1. Copy and past our ASD button into your sidebar(located in the sidebar)
  2. Read and Review a book or multiple books dealing with ASD or learning disabilities or by an author who has been diagnosed. 
  3. Link your reviews in our comment box
  4. Regular Contest Rules Apply
Very easy! At the end of April we will put all the participants into random.org and pick a winner. 
There are a lot of great books to choose from- I posted a few to give you an idea.
I chose to do a challenge on Autism Spectrum disorder because my son was diagnosed a few years ago.  This is a very controversial subject, that I DO NOT want debated in the comment section. This challenge is meant to bring awareness to something affecting children today at a high rate of speed. Here are a few updated statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD)- taken from the CDC (used only for reference, not to suggest that ASD is a disease or that it needs a cure.)

  • The average total ASD prevalence in 2006 (children born in 1998) was 9.0 per 1,000 children, which translates to one in 110 children.
  • No single factor explains the changes in identified ASD prevalence over the time period studied.  Although some of the increases are due to better detection, a true increase in risk cannot be ruled out.
  • Increases were found among boys in nine communities and among girls in four communities.  ASD prevalence was 4 to 5 times higher for boys than for girls. These estimates report that one in 70 boys and one in 315 girls have an ASD. The average increase for boys was 60% while the average increase for girls was 48%.

Pixie

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20 responses to “Autism Awareness Challenge

  1. Thank you so much for doing this. I have two very good friends whose boys have autism. I will for sure be passing this on to them and posting the link on my blog. Thanks ladies!!!

  2. This is a great idea! While my son is not diagnosed with autism he does have some sypmtoms in common with austic children.
    I will spread the word.

  3. This is a great idea. Autism is becoming more and more prevalent. I studied it in college while getting my education degree but I want to know more about it.

  4. I did not find a way to e-mail you- sorry! But I would love to write up a post for Autism awareness for you, if you'd like. Just contact me and let me know!

    mycreativeimagination(at) yahoo (dot) com
    twitter: imlostinbooks

  5. I am a little late in getting my post up by very excited about this idea and the challenge. I have posted about the Challenge on my blog while also linking review on Rules by Cynthia Lord and House Rules by Jodi Picoult. I also list what I will be reading for the challenge. Thanks again!

    Courtney
    Stilettostorytime(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. I have just posted my review for the book, The Late Talker:What To Do If Your Child Isn’t Talking Yet.
    It is an excellent read for children with Apraxia, and many children with Autism do have apraxia.

    You can find my review on my blog; Polishing Mud Balls

  7. I can't thank you enough for hosting this challenge! I just wish I would have discovered it earlier!

    I've posted about it on my book blog and will have my review up in the next week.

    Thank you again and I'm so glad I found your blog. I know I'll be back often! 😀

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