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Thrive - April 2018 Issue

by A is For Apple, Inc. | Apr 02, 2018

Autism Awareness Month

autism-2377410_640Today is Autism Awareness Day and it kicks off an entire month of Autism Awareness. There are a lot of campaigns that will “Light it Up Blue” for Autism today, people will join together to wear blue for Autism, giving money, and organizing walks throughout the month. It is great to see people come together to bring awareness to one cause, but what exactly does that mean? Do you know why you’re wearing blue?

What is Autism and why do we need to make others aware? According to The Autism Society, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.

Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes. For more information on developmental milestones, visit the CDC’s “Know the Signs. Act Early” site.

Why are we trying to bring awareness? World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health issue. Activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through people around the globe coming together in unity, we can celebrate the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and it is a time when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.

By bringing together autism organizations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to inspire compassion, empowerment and hope!

Here is how you can get involved in Autism Awareness Month:

Autism Awareness Month may only be in April, but you can support the Autism community year-round. Use this month as a spring board to become more aware, become more accepting, become more active, and become an advocate 365 days a year!

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    Local Events & Resources

    Autism Spectrum Disorder: Identifying Symptoms and Understanding the Diagnostic Process

    Thursday April 5th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    6601 Owens Drive #100, Pleasanton, CA 94588


    The early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is critical for children to access specialized services to maximize their long-term outcomes. Children who receive early intervention are significantly less likely to need long-term services and access to restrictive educational environments.

    Child care providers are often the first professionals to note discrepancies in language development, early social skills and deviations in age-appropriate behavior. Join Kristi Miller,Senior Clinical Director, Juvo Autism and Behavioral Health for an overview of the symptoms of ASD and the diagnostic process to help Child Care Providers inform families of their concerns, and offer guidance.

    Click Here For Tickets and More Information

    Autism Speaks: Annual Walk For Autism

    Saturday, April 14, 9:00 AM

    History Park, San Jose


    Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives’.

    The commitment of individuals like you plays a critical role in raising the funding needed to fuel innovative research and lifelong supports and services. Working together, there is no limit to what we can achieve. Please register and fundraise for an Autism Speaks Walk near you.

    To learn more about autism, visit or contact our Autism Response Team at 888-288-4762 or en Español 888-772-9050, or email

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    Zumba For Autism

    Saturday, April 28th, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

    Seascape Golf Club
    610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos, CA 95003


    This is an event to raise money for Autism Awareness!

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    3rd Annual Autism Prom Night!

    Saturday, April 28th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church
    1817 12th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


    The Fly Brave Foundation presents its 3rd Annual Prom Night for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, ages 14 and over.

    The theme this year is Celebrity Prom: You are the star of the show. You can come dressed as your favorite celebrity, in fancy prom attire or in jeans and a t-shirt. Your comfort level is our priority. Come the way you want to.

    We will have a photo booth (everyone will receive a picture), nacho bar, beverages, DJ, and karaoke.

    The cost is $15 for prom stars. Chaperones, such as family members, staff and care givers who are accompanying their star, are free of charge. Limit 3 chaperones per guest.

    We have added an option to pay at the door. Please select this option for prom stars only. $15 will be payable in cash only at the door.

    We hope you will come and enjoy the night with us.

    With love, your friends at Fly Brave

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