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World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Month & Autism Awareness Day

Every April sees the celebration of World Autism Month, beginning with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd. Throughout the month many organizations and the Autism community will focus on sharing stories and opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of Autism. This year, the organization Autism Speaks is committed to acting fearlessly for change.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how an individual processes information and interprets the world. The core domains of Autism are defined as deficits in social interaction and communication, as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. However, ASD covers a broad spectrum of characteristics and can show up in an infinite number of ways. No one label, educational method, or therapy fits all. According to the Center for Disease Control, Autism affects one out of every 44 children nationwide.  

The Urbandale Community School District is committed to helping all students achieve at high levels while also increasing educators’ sense of fulfillment in their profession. Strategic actions of the Special Education Department include developing comprehensive literacy plans for delivering specially designed instruction and providing professional learning opportunities to special education staff based on the needs of students. Urbandale High School also prepares students for living, learning, and working beyond high school. 

If you are interested in learning more about ways you can support or are interested in resources for the ASD community see the below links for local and national resources. We encourage everyone to read, watch, or listen to the many resources available.