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Amid all of the craziness surrounding COVID-19 it is difficult to be thinking of anything else. April is Autism Awareness Month however, and we at Turning Pointe will be continuing to take this month and shine a light on Autism. It has been nearly 50 years since the Autism Society held the first Autism Awareness month in April of 1970. “Since then, autism has become the fastest growing developmental disability in the world,” from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 59 today as reported by the CDC.

When our son was diagnosed in 1999, we truly felt alone. There was minimal awareness about autism at that time. We learned what we could from where we could and tried hundreds of different therapies and biomedical treatments usually deemed “the latest and greatest.” Life was chaotic to say the least, we didn’t have the internet, and little was known about autism.

One of the hardest parts about living with autism then was taking our child out into the community. No one knew what was going on with our kids and trying to get through a market or parking lot without a complete meltdown was made even more stressful among dirty looks and negative comments. Autism was and still can be very isolating. Advocating for our kids on the spectrum is still a full-time job, couple that with taking care of our kid’s needs around the clock and you can call “exhausting” an understatement.

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
1500 West Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
1500 West Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation's Foglia Family Adult Services is a Certified Autism Center by the IBCCES.

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