Autism Speaks - The Movie

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Nathaniel Major Bay Area Autism Speaks

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Did you know that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has found that Autism now affects 1 in every 110 children?

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More children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than with AIDS Diabetes, or Pediatric Cancer combined!

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Whether you realize it or not, you probably know someone with autism It may be your neighbor, your friend’s brother, or someone sitting next to you in Algebra class.

What is Autism?:

What is Autism? Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) A “spectrum disorder” means that there is a wide range of different shades of autism Everyone with autism is unique

Common Challenges of Autism:

Common Challenges of Autism Everyone with autism maybe unique and different, but we all have some of the same challenges in common Social Cognition Language and Communication Ridged Thinking Sensitive Sensory System

Social Cognition:

Social Cognition Basically means “social thinking” We have difficulty picking up on and understanding social cues and clues We have a hard time understand non-verbal communication like Body language Facial expressions Gestures And, we just don’t get sarcasm or idioms, or words with double meaning

The challenges of being social:

The challenges of being social Probably the biggest challenge for most of us is understanding interpreting and predicting the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of other people and how it applies to social situations Because it is so tough to understand the perspective of other people, it is really hard for us to adjust our behavior so that we fit in

Language and Communication:

Language and Communication With all of the problems we have understanding and interpreting other people and their behaviors - you can just imagine how difficult it is to be part of a conversation! We often have a tough time getting our thoughts organized and keeping them organized We tend to get stuck on topics that only we want to talk about And, sometimes it just feels impossible to keep up with the flow and the pace of the conversation

Ridged Thinking:

Ridged Thinking Autism makes it hard to be flexible and go with the flow For many of us, our thinking can be very ridged and we can get stuck on thoughts in our heads It can be really frustrating and often times it can cause us to blurt out or act out in an extreme way

Sensitive Senses:

Sensitive Senses Our sensory system can be really, really sensitive! It can feel like everything is on overload and our senses are being bombarded! For us the volume feels louder, the lights are more glaring, and things touching our skin can feel like sandpaper!

Getting into balance:

Getting into balance

Being Social:

Being Social I was motivated to be social I just didn’t know how! None of it came naturally to me I have had to learn all of the social rules and how to use them

Feeling Included:

Feeling Included I was lucky to become the student manager of my high school baseball team The guys made me feel included and gave me a chance to work on and build my social skills Being part of the baseball team helped me to make connections and socialize with other groups

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Because I felt included and supported and accepted , I became more comfortable being social and had an AWESOME Senior Year!

Senior Year Activities:

Senior Year Activities Senior Fashion Show Grad Night Grad Night Senior Picnic

Senior Prom!:

Senior Prom!

Autism Speaks:

Autism Speaks I became involved with Autism Speaks because I want to speak up for kids with autism and help others understand more about the challenges of living with autism I have found that the more people understand, the more open they become, and the more they accept us for who we are

Autism Speaks Mission:

Autism Speaks Mission Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 Has become the largest autism science and advocacy organization Four part mission Science Advocacy Family Support Services Awareness

Autism Speaks Mission:

Autism Speaks Mission Science … finding the answers Advocacy … to support new laws that help families with insurance coverage Family Support Services … to help families find information and resources Awareness … to raise awareness and understanding and encourage compassion

How can you get involved?:

How can you get involved? April is Autism Awareness Month April 2, 2011 has been declared World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations On April 1 and 2,important structures around the world will Light it Up Blue in a global effort to raise awareness about Autism

Light It Up Blue!:

Light It Up Blue! In 2010, nearly 200 iconic landmarks, airports, bridges, sports arenas, museums, concert halls, stores and restaurants in over 25 US cities, and in 15 countries around the world turned their structures bright blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day! This year we are hoping the Bay Area will Light It Up Blue! Plans include- Coit Tower, SF Ferry Building, SF City Hall, Academy of Science, HP Pavilion, and McAfee Coliseum!

Light it Blue Around the World:

Light it Blue Around the World

New York City Lights it up Blue!:

New York City Lights it up Blue!

Light it Blue around the U.S.:

Light it Blue around the U.S.

Schools Light It Up Blue!:

Schools Light It Up Blue!

Colleges Light It Up Blue!:

Colleges Light It Up Blue!

Light It Up Blue Ideas:

Light It Up Blue Ideas Wear blue on April 1 and 2, 2011 Sell and wear Autism Speaks blue bracelets and puzzle piece pins Change your Facebook profile picture to the Light It Up Blue logo and update your status to read ,“ Light It Up Blue to shine a light on autism” Add Light It Up Blue logo to your email signature and type your emails in blue font throughout the month of April

Puzzle Pieces:

Puzzle Pieces Sell paper puzzle pieces for a $1.00 or more and create a display in a spot that will be noticed

Autism Speaks most important event to raise awareness and financial support:

Autism Speaks most important event to raise awareness and financial support 2011 Bay Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks History San José at Kelley Park in San Jose Saturday, May 21, 2011

How to get involved:

How to get involved Go to the Bay Area Walk Now For Autism Speaks website at www. walknowforautismspeaks .org/ bayarea Form a team, register to walk, collect sponsorship donations, and be part of the walk Support a team or walker that is already registered Host an event to benefit Walk Now for Autism Speaks Volunteer to help with the event prior to the walk, or the day of the event

Team MAHS 2010:

Team MAHS 2010

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I hope that I can encourage you to reach out and be more understanding of people with autism. With support and encouragement you can really make a difference in someone’s life Help Autism Speaks speak up for kids with autism and get involved!

Thank You!:

Thank You!

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