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April is National Autism Awareness Month


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It’s April: spring is in full swing, the sun's shining, the birds are chirping... But signs of spring aside, April is also the National Autism Awareness Month.
Celebrated annually by the Autism Society, Autism Awareness Month highlights this spectrum of disorders that affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. 1 in every 110 children born in the US has autism, signs of which appear in the first three years of life.
National Autism Awareness Month invites the public to take part and join in on various activities to bring about awareness and change for people with autism and their families. From driving legislation to arranging community events - anyone can take part.
Perusing the website, we stumbled upon this heart-warming initiative: since going to the movies with someone with autism is impossible, the Autism Society collaborates with AMC theaters to make this activity enjoyable for everyone. AMC now holds special screenings of Sensory Friendly Films - where the lights are on, the sound is turned down and no ads or teasers are shown before the movie.
[Source: The Autism Society]

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