Autism Spectrum Disorder

  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.”

It is not known what all of the causes of ASD are.  There may be many different factors that make a child more likely to have an ASD, including environmental, biologic and genetic factors.  It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, but is about 4.5 times more common among boys than among girls.

For families living with ASD, daily life can be quite challenging.  Autism Tennessee is a local charity whose mission is to “enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their surrounding community through support, advocacy and education.”

We support their vision “to create a community where people on the autism spectrum and their families find respect, acceptance, and hope”, so we’ve chosen Autism Tennessee to be one of Vignette’s preferred charities.    A portion of our sales May 4 – May 6 will be donated to Autism Tennessee.  For more information on autism spectrum disorder, please visit http://cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism .  And for more information on Autism Tennessee, please visit http://autismtn.org .

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