PRweb News May 6, 2013
The Autism Society of America is grateful for the support of the Omidi brothers and their non-profit Civic Duty. April is Autism Awareness Month and the two charities are working together to raise awareness of this mysterious condition which seems more frequent in recent years.
Beverly Hills, California (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
The Autism Society thanks Civic Duty and the Omidi brothers for their support during Autism Awareness Month. The society designates every April as Autism Awareness Month and works to educate the public about autism spectrum disorder and promote participation in events benefiting the autism community.
“The Autism Society’s efforts are focused on meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families,” says Denise Cruse spokesperson for the Autism Society. “Each year, people with autism, families and professionals volunteer to help the Autism Society achieve its mission of improving the lives of all those affected by autism. We thank the Omidi brothers and Civic Duty for helping us to broaden public awareness of this disorder.”
Autism Awareness Month has been celebrated by advocates and families affected by autism since the 1970s. The Autism Society encourages involvement in autism-specific programs and events taking place during the month of April, with the hope of creating a shift in public policy and increasing educational and medical benefits for those diagnosed with autism.
The Autism Society (http://www.autism-society.org) was founded in 1965 by Dr. Ruth Sullivan and Dr. Bernard Rimland for the purpose of providing the families of children with autism with a trustworthy information resource. Since its inception, the Autism Society has been instrumental in the passing of local and state autism legislation, as well as the first federal act providing funds for autism treatment, research and education.
Autism is a developmental disorder found in as many as 1 in 88 births in the United States. The symptoms of autism can vary widely, causing the disorder to be commonly referred to as “autism spectrum disorder.” Children suffering from autism commonly experience language development delays, lack of desire to engage in relationships with peers or family, and fixations upon objects and word repetition. Autism cannot be cured, but children with autism who receive treatment early on can eventually grow to manage it effectively.
Civic Duty (http://www.civicduty.org) is dedicated to mankind’s search for meaning and promotes the values of its founders, philanthropists Julian Omidi and his brother Michael Omidi, MD. The charity’s mission is to inspire creative outreach, community service, and volunteerism through the stories of every-day people who are making an extraordinary difference in the world. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.” To get involved and help make a difference, send us a message using the website’s Contact Us function. More information about Civic Duty can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter.