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On Monday, April 2nd, all around the world, iconic landmarks will be lit up with the colour blue to mark Autism Awareness Day.  Cairo, Mexico City, St. Louis Missouri, Aspen Mountain, Saudi Arabia, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil and the list goes on.  View the spectacular images here:  LIGHT IT UP BLUE

Pervasive developmental disorders – PDD encompasses a group of five disorders characterized by delays in the development of basic functions including communication and socialization.  Those are Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, along with Persuasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).

There is specific criteria that MUST be met in order to be diagnosed with one of the above, unless of course it’s the last one.  In my opinion PDD-NOS is the catch-all for ‘we haven’t a clue, but it sure looks enough like one of the others, but not quite, so we will dump you in here”.

In Canada alone, 1 in ever 110 children born will be diagnosed on the spectrum.  With 350,000 children being born each year in this country, that means 3,181 kids will be diagnosed this year.

That is the entire population of Headingly, Manitoba; Fairview, Alberta; Harbour Grace, Newfoundland; Marathon, Ontario; Wheatley Hill, England; Parker, Arizona or Duncan, South Carolina.

Boys are four (4) times likely to be diagnosed on the ASD than girls, which is 1 in 70.

Statistically pediatric cancer, AIDS, and diabetes do not even equal those numbers in diagnoses – COMBINED.  The statistics are much higher in the United States (1 in 88 announced this week on 2000 statistics and 2008 data).

We know medically that ASD includes social, communication and behavioural issues.  As parents, we know that ASD can also include: Gastronomical Intestinal problems, sensory dysfunctions, sleep disorders, self-abusive behaviour issues, stereotypy (repetitive movement and/or stimming), compulsive behaviour, ritualistic behaviour, superior skills in perception and attention, toe-walking, autistic savants and the list goes on, and on and on.

Confused yet?

We are! And who are we?  Parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers and caregivers of these children.

I am not confident Troy is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.  I know that Troy has a mental disability that has led to physical disabilities and that he has underlying issues, such as GI problems.  I am confident in knowing that no doctor we have ever met, truly cares about why or how Troy became this way nor provided any assistance on how we can improve his quality of life.

I know who does care:   Thinking Mom’s (And One Dad) Revolution

These are their children, this is my child, this may be your child, your grandchild, your godchild, your niece/nephew, your best friend’s child:

An epidemic is defined as “occurring suddenly in numbers clearly in excess of normal expectancy”.  If this is not an epidemic in our children, it’s a definite concern for the future generations of our countries.

SPEAK OUT ON BEHALF OF THOSE YOU KNOW.     WE NEED YOU & THE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF OUR COUNTRIES ARE BEGGING YOU TO SPEAK ON THEIR BEHALF LIGHT IT UP BLUE

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