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April is Autism Awareness Month
Release Date: March 18, 2008

Autism Awareness Month is celebrated every year during the month April.  The purpose is to provide public awareness about autism.  Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects an individual’s social interaction and communication.  Children and adults with autism tend to have difficulty with verbal and non verbal communications, social interactions and leisure or play activities.  There is no single cause for autism.  It is generally agreed however, that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function.  It is widely believed that psychological factors are not the cause of autism.

Early intervention is important addressing the symptoms associated with autism.  Individuals with autism respond well to highly structured, special education programs that are designed to meet the individuals' needs.  It is important for family members and treatment providers to address areas of social skill development, communication, behavior and sensory integration.  

For more information surrounding your area, please check the Website:     www.autism-society.org

Upcoming Event....

COSAC – The NJ Center for Outreach & Services for the Autism Community is having their "26th annual Issues in Autism Conference" on May 15-17, 2008 in Atlantic City, NJ.   There will be over 60 workshops available to Families and Professional.  For your convenience, register online at      www.njcosac.org



This message is provided by the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Community and Youth Services and the Sussex County Disability Services Advisory Council.

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