Through the Autism Awareness Project, ASDF provides individuals and agencies who work with infants, toddlers, and preschool children with Early Detection Kits at no charge. In 2011, ASDF distributed autism awareness information to 500,000 mothers in all 50 states.
These kits help to identify children at risk for an autism spectrum disorder and assist in empowering their families to get an early diagnosis followed by intervention as soon as possible. It is our desire to reach first responders including day care providers, pediatricians, and early childhood educators. We provide these early responders with autism emergency response kits that include risk assessment tools and an educational video, which provides an appropriate format to approach the subject with parents and caregivers.
It will be many years before we identify all the causes of autism and we may never be able to reverse the condition; we can, however, work to identify autism as early as possible so we can begin effective intervention so those affected can develop the skills necessary to lead full and productive lives.
It is our goal to distribute autism awareness information to at least 500,000 new mothers, and hopefully more, again this year. Please help us with reach our goal by donating to the Autism Awareness Project.
Visit myaap.org to learn more about the Autism Awareness Project.