Today is the 6th annual World Autism Awareness Day. Are you wearing your BLUE today?

According to the Autism SpeaksWeb site, an estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States. By way of comparison, more children are diagnosed with autism each year than with juvenile diabetes, AIDS or cancer, combined.* ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years.

Michael Rose wears his blue shirt in support of World Autism Awareness Day

Coming up on Thursday is a Autism Awareness Walk with the Quincy Area Autism Support Group. The journey starts at 6:30 from the parking lot of Quincy Medical Group on Maine St., ventures west to Washington Park, then back to QMG. I participated in this walk last year - it was a blast! For more information about the walk, call Bryan Main at Quincy Medical Group's Behavioral Health department at 217-222-6550 x 3365, or visit their Facebook page.

Make sure you change the light bulbs on the outside of your house today as well. Replace them with BLUE bulbs for the month of April.

Thank you.

* Comparison based on the prevalence statistics of the Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative