New Jersey Collegiate Career Day
By: Alanna Flowers
Last month was Autism Awareness Month and as an office the Community Service Center decided to interview students around campus to see how much they knew about autism. The results were mixed and interesting but on a general level it seemed that most students had minimal knowledge of the disorder.
What are some of the characteristics of Autism?: Significant difficulities in social interaction, verbal/non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.
Who is more likely to be affected by Autism, boys or girls?: Boys.
What is the rate of Autism in the United States?: 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism.
Do you know about the organization Autism Speaks?: Autism Speaks is the largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for individuals with autism and their families.
When do symptoms of Autism emerge?: Autism symptoms tend to emerge around the ages of 12 to 18 months of age. Some infants and toddlers begin to develop normally until the age of two when they lose skills and develop autism. This is known as regression.
Are more children affected by autism, diabetes, or cancer?: More children children are affected by autism than by diabetes and cancer combined.
Do you know about NYIT's VIP Program?: The NYIT Vocational Independence Program is a program for students with autism and other special needs where they can learn valuable life skills and how to become more independent.
Go to autismspeaks.org to learn more and take action.