P.O. Box 30213
Pensacola, FL 32503-1213
The Autism Walk - Autism Pensacola is excited to be holding our fifth Steps for Autism walk on Saturday, September 24, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Blue Wahoos stadium. Funds raised by this event will support the mission and programs of Autism Pensacola, including safety, quality of life, and awareness initiatives in both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
Blue Wahoos Stadium
301 W. Main Street
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, affecting more children than juvenile diabetes, pediatric AIDS, and childhood cancer combined.
The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may be apparent in infancy (18 to 24 months), but they usually become clearer during early childhood (24 months to 6 years).
As part of a well-baby or well-child visit, your child’s doctor should perform a “developmental screening,” asking specific questions about your baby’s progress. TheNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) lists five behaviors that warrant further evaluation:
- Does not babble or coo by 12 months
- Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
- Does not say single words by 16 months
- Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months
- Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age
Any of these five “red flags” does not mean your child has autism. But because the disorder’s symptoms vary so widely, a child showing these behaviors should be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. This team might include a neurologist, psychologist, developmental pediatrician, speech/language therapist, learning consultant or other professionals who are knowledgeable about autism.
The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism. Through its strong national network of affiliates, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of state and local legislation, including the 2006 Combating Autism Act, the first federal autism-specific law. The Autism Society’s website is one of the most visited websites on autism in the world and its quarterly journal, Autism Advocate, has a broad national readership.
What we do
Since 1965, the Autism Society in partnership with our over 100 local and state affiliates has supported millions of individuals and families impacted by autism. The Autism Society envisions individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued.
The Autism Society’s national office welcomes your phone calls, emails and letters. Please keep in mind that the Autism Society does not provide direct assistance, such as treatment or legal services. We do, however, provide Information & Referral to many services and supports across the country. We encourage you to contact the Autism Society affiliate in your area, as our affiliates are often the most knowledgeable about local services.
Autism Society’s Telephone
Phone: 301.657.0881 or 1.800.3AUTISM (1.800.328.8476)
Autism Society’s Mailing Address
4340 East-West Hwy, Suite 350
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Autism Society’s Email
Facts: Autism Spectrum Disorters (ASD)
Children & Adults with ASD May:
- avoid eye contact and want to be alone
- repeat actions over and over again
- have trouble adapting when a routine changes
- not look at objects when another person points at them
- not play "pretend" games (for example, not pretend to feed a doll)
- have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions
- prefer not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to
- have unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel, or sound
- lose skills they once had (for example, stop saying words they were using)
- have trouble relating to others or not have an interest in other people at all
- appear to be unaware when people talk to them, but respond to other sounds
- be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them
- not point at objects to show interest (for example, not point at an airplane flying over)
- have trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
- repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of normal language
The number of people diagnosed has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice and government-subsidized financial incentives for named diagnoses; the question of whether actual rates have increased is unresolved.
- About 1.5% of children in the United States (1 in 68) are diagnosed with ASD as of 2014, a 30% increase from one in 88 in 2012.
- As of 2010 the rate of autism is estimated at about 1 to 2 per 1,000 people worldwide, and it occurs four to five times more often in boys than girls.
- Boys are at higher risk for ASD than girls. The sex ratio averages 4.3:1 and is greatly modified by cognitive impairment: it may be close to 2:1 with intellectual disability and more than 5.5:1 without.
The Puzzle Autism Awareness Ribbon reflects the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope that through increased awareness of autism, and early intervention and appropriate treatments, people with autism will lead fuller, more complete lives.