April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, and this year, the Whitman School of Management came together to Light it Up Blue! Over 100 people dressed up, held a sign of support for individuals with autism, and let us take their picture.
1 in 68 children (and 1 in 42 boys) in the US have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The severity of effects varies widely, from extremely high-functioning to nonverbal. No two individuals with autism are alike, and the diagnosis cannot be fit easily into a box. It’s often said that “if you’ve met one person with autism…you’ve met one person with autism.”
From the CDC’s website:
“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.
A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.”
We are so proud of Whitman for coming together to show support in this way. Please enjoy this slideshow of all the wonderful photos we took!