World Autism Awareness Day

  • Autism Statistics 
  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
  • Autism is nearly 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
  • Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with Autism with an average prevalence of about 1%. A study in South Korea reported a prevalence of 2.6%
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by:
    • Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts;
    • Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities;
    • Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period (typically recognized in the first two years of life); and
    • Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.
  • ASD can range in impact from mild to significantly disabling.
I created this layout for the October Afternoon Blog today. 
The layout started with that heart cut YIKES! I then got the layout done on plain paper but it was missing something so I decided to print "His Story" for the background and cover it in vellum. The wonky view is because the vellum is over the chipboard arrows too. I wanted to keep the focus on the heart with all that's going on I hope y'all like the layout. Me I'm second guessing myself. 

THanks for stopping by! Have a great day! 


Lisa said…
I love this layout, Mandy. The puzzle pieced heart is awesome! I love that you wrote Mav's story behind and covered it with a sheet of vellum. The vellum tones it down, but also seems symbolic of the unreachable disconnect that can come with ASD. Hugs to you, Mav, and your family today and every day!! Love you, my friend! :)
Laura said…
Love this! Great focal point!
justem said…

And, I need you to tell me your thoughts on Autism Speaks. I have some friends who support it and some who HATE it. I need to hear from someone who is in the know!!

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