SHOW YOUR SUPPORT WEAR BLUE
ON FRIDAY APRIL 1STPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
SHINE A LIGHT ON AUTISM
Marion Pellicano Ambrose
“Autism” is a term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders
known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD, PDD-NOS), Asperger's Syndrome,
Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. They are also known as Autism
Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it
more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.
It is estimated that 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are
affected by autism. According to Government statistics, the prevalence rate of autism
is increasing 10-17 % each year. Boys are four times more likely than girls to develop
According to Autism Speaks, “Treatment for autism is a very intensive, comprehensive
undertaking that involves the child's entire family and a team of professionals.”
It takes great commitment and a whole lot of love to help these very special children! But
I can tell you from my experiences with students I’ve taught and the children of friends
who are diagnosed with Autism, they are WELL worth the time and effort! Each and
every one is a unique and wondrous individual and we are all blessed when we have the
opportunity to be a part of their lives.
People across North America are joining Autism Speaks to “shine a light” on autism by
raising awareness in local communities.
We invite everyone to show support for the Fourth Annual World Autism Awareness
Event on April 1. Wear BLUE clothing to work or school to “shine a light” on Autism
Find an event near you!
Melbourne FL Event:
Sign up to participate, it doesn’t cost a cent! Just show your support by wearing blue!
Time: Friday, April 1, 2011 - Saturday, April 2,
Host: Marion Ambrose
Location: Melbourne, (& surrounding areas), FL 32901