April is Autism Awareness month. My family is participating in a world wide campaign to raise awareness-http://www.lightitupblue.org/
On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CNN Tower in Toronto, Canada — will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2.
So what is Autism? Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).
Autism affects the way a child perceives the world and makes communication and social interaction difficult. The child may also have repetitive behaviors or intense interests. Symptoms, and their severity, are different for each of the affected areas – Communication, Social Interaction, and Repetitive Behaviors. A child may not have the same symptoms and may seem very different from another child with the same diagnosis. It is sometimes said, that if you know one person with autism; you know one person with autism.
The symptoms of autism typically last throughout a person’s lifetime. A mildly affected person might seem merely quirky and lead a typical life. A severely affected person might be unable to speak or care for himself. Early intervention can make extraordinary differences in a child’s development. How a child is functioning now may be very different from how he or she will function later on in life.
Chances are you know someone affected, considering how prevalent it has become.
Autism affects 1 in 110 children, and 1 in 70 boys. 1 in 70!! I can’t even wrap my head around that. It’s shocking!
Did you know …
-Autism prevalence figures are growing
-More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
-Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
-Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
-Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
-Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
-There is no medical detection or cure for autism
-A diagnosis is based on observed behavior and educational and psychological testing.
Prevalence vs. Private Funding
Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million
Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million
Autism: Affects 1 in 110 / Funding: $79 million
The discrepancy of funding shows that the powers that be are not doing enough. How much worse is it going to get before our children get the help they deserve? Our future is slipping away with these kids!
If you’re interested in learning more, here is a good starting point –http://www.autismspeaks.org/
I hope to share more with you during the month of April about Autism…what it’s like to deal with everyday, going through the process of diagnosis, treatment options, education, as well as answer any questions that you might have.
Please show your support and wear blue tomorrow, and light your porch lights with blue bulbs. You just might make someone’s day. Always nice to know people care! ;)
John Corabi Performs Crüe’s `94 Album
This is the first time Corabi will be performing Motley Crue’s ’94 Album in its entirety w/ his full band.
Opening the show ATL Rockers O.D.D. and Asphalt Valentine!
The 120 Tavern & Music Hall with Scoley Entertainment presents John Corabi for the 20th anniversary tour of Mötley Crüe’s ’94 Album that featured John Corabi as lead singer. This is the first time John will be performing the ’94 Album in its entirety with his full band.
This is a must see event for all Crüe Fans and Rock’n Rollers!
John Corabi is one of the most talented singers and songwriters to ever come out of the hard rock world. Whether it was with the Scream, Mötley Crüe, Union, or any of the other amazing recordings that he has been a part of, John’s distinctive voice and emotive song writing can not be matched.
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Eddie Owen Presents an evening of Song from the Lyrical Genius of Levi Lowrey, Fester Hagood and Brother Shine White!
If there is any part of you that wants to do this workshop, do it.
Even if you’ve never written a song.
Even if you have a notebook full of half-finished songs that you would never want anyone to see.
Even if you think you’re already really awesome at songwriting and know everything there is to know about it.
The thing is, anyone can learn. Anyone can get better. You will be amazed and delighted at what you’re able to come up with when you’ve got guidance, encouragement, accountability, and very specific assignments.
Neil Cribbs @ Eddie’s Attic
A night of New MUSIC from Neil Cribbs and Jesse Tyler!
Sunday, Neil Cribbs returns to ATL to share some new tunes, plus, of course, those Classic Cribblet Tunes we LOVE! Also sharing in the night of original MUSIC is Jesse Tyler with the Debut of his new Trio DREAMBROTHER!
Ohhh it’s gonna be a good one!!!
Neil Cribbs is a blues and soul-soaked Americana musician recently transplanted from Atlanta to Raleigh, NC. Along with his band, The Rough Gentlemen, Neil boasts opening for Huey Lewis and the News, Billy Ocean, Pam Tillis and many others as well as performing at the Rombello Music Cruise, Red Stripe Festival, Atlanta Pride Festival, Dogwood Festival and many others. With over 200 shows in 2014 he is currently touring on his fourth album Built, Broken, and Mended.
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