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
- Copy and past our ASD button into your sidebar(located in the sidebar)
- Read and Review a book or multiple books dealing with ASD or learning disabilities or by an author who has been diagnosed.
- Link your reviews in our comment box
- 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%.