Wednesday, April 02, 2008

World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness Month. This month, in your community, there will be events in an effort to bring an awareness of Autism.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. It is estimated that 1 out of every 150 children are born with a form of Autism.

As Christians we should embrace these children and families that deal with Autism. Whether you donate, help with a support group or make sure that your church is empowered to handle children that are Autistic, let me encourage you to do that.

My best friend has an Autistic child and I have seen first hand the financial sacrifice and toll it takes on their family. His wife sits in a car outside church with her son while her family attends church. This is because the church is not prepared and equipped to watch Autistic children.

There is something we can all do. Please consider it.


WayneDawg said...

Thanks for this post Tony, my grandson has autism as well.

Bob said...

Tony, thank you for the Autism Awareness post. My oldest child has Autism. Our pastor is of the belief that Autism is just a manifestation of unrepentant sin in someone's life. He has obviously never had to sit on a pew in the hallway of a church because his child is unable to calm down, unable to stop talking, unable to stop touching, or stuck reciting the same script over and over again.