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April is Autism Awareness Month

March 26, 2012 in College News

Kentucky parents, teachers, and caregivers who want to understand a child’s developmental milestones and recognize the early signs of autism or related disorders, will benefit from a statewide campaign that launches April 2nd as part of Autism Awareness Month.

The UofL Autism Center at Kosair Charities has partnered with the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and autism support groups to launch a program modeled after a national crusade.

The campaign, “Learn the Signs. Act Early In Kentucky,” will feature public service announcements, workshops, webinars, and downloadable materials, all aimed at helping caregivers understand what is typical when it comes to a child’s physical, social and cognitive progress.

According the the Autism Center’s assistant director, Rebecca Grau, the primary objective for the campaign is to help Kentuckians recognize developmental delays so they can act quickly to seek intervention.

“If children aren’t passing certain milestones typical for their age, it’s very important to talk with a physician,” said Grau. “I just can’t stress enough how important it is for parents and other caregivers to act early.”

More information about the “Learn the Signs. Act Early in Kentucky” campaign is available at louisville.edu/education/kyautismtraining/actearly or by contacting Rebecca Grau at 502-852-7799.