April is national Autism Awareness Month. The Cedar Grove town council is continuing the tradition of proclaiming April 2016 as Autism Awareness Month in the township of Cedar Grove.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex neuro-biological condition which affects a person’s ability to communicate, form social relationships and is accompanied by behavioral challenges. The most recent statistics from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) show one in 68 children as being diagnosed on the autism spectrum. In New Jersey, however, the statistics are higher than the national and in fact is the highest.
The purpose of the Autism Awareness initiative is to promote early recognition and treatment, and to foster understanding and acceptance. In the Cedar Grove public schools, Autism Awareness education is taking place across the district. Additionally, staff and students were planning to wear blue shirts on April 8 as a sign of support and acceptance for individuals affected by autism.
This year the R.E.A.L.I.S.E., Realizing Excellence for Alternative Learners In Special Education, group is encouraging people to tie a blue ribbon outside their homes and businesses as a sign of support and acceptance for people who are impacted by autism spectrum disorder.