October is Canadian Autism Awareness Month as well as Community Living Month, and in general, a great time to bring awareness to the sector and break down stigmas and stereotypes associated with developmental disabilities. Although it’s not common to have a developmental disability, studies suggest that the rate at which children are diagnosed with autism is in fact increasing. A recent story from CBC news indicates that at least 1 in 100 children have some form of autism, when it was previously 1 in 150 children. Autism is a very real condition that many people have.
On that note, I’d like to remind our readers that the DDA hosts plenty of completely free workshops for the benefit of parents (including an autism workshop that just passed on October, 5th). Our workshops are published in our Star newsletter every season. If you haven’t already done so, feel free to signup for a soft copy or hard copy of our newsletter by clicking here.