April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

The purpose of World Autism Awareness Day each year is to increase awareness of autism in the world.

According to the National Autism Association, Autism affects 1 in 59 children. The bio-neurological developmental disability usually presents itself by the age of three, and is more prevalent in boys than girls.

As children with autism grow older, they can typically face many obstacles. Because many don’t speak or use social cues as you or I do, they become targets for bullies or are excluded altogether. Children with autism are also vulnerable to drowning because they wander from their homes and schools. Due to their inability to communicate, they cannot tell someone their name or where they live, either. Additionally, as adults, they are more likely to unemployed or underemployed.

However, resources are available for families and schools to help keep children safe and to support them lead happy and healthy lives. Visit the National Autism Association website for resources at Nationalautismassociation.org for guides and tips for families and schools.