The end of April. Today many in Laredo are celebrating Día del Niño but other awareness campaigns are also wrapping up like – Jazz Appreciation Month (April 30 is National Day of Jazz), National Poetry Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Mathematics Awareness and so on. We saw a little bit of each being celebrated by one group or another.
Today also marks the end of voter registration – but why do some candidates’ deserve our vote if they keep making the community angry with their giant political graffiti, wasted billboard space, breaking campaign rules, and even angering the Archdiocese by campaigning outside after mass…. ay, ay, ay. For a more dedicated opinion on politics, I will leave it to the resurrected The Laredo Lizard.
This month has also been Autism Awareness Month which has more and more support locally – good news but also not so great news because there has been an increased diagnosis across the board. These are some figures from the Center for Disease Control’s website:
In my recent trip to Miami to attend the Hispanicize event, I met so many wonderful bloggers from all over the U.S. Lisa Quiñones-Fontanez, from New York, was one of them and she gave us a few minutes of her time:
Be sure to check out her VERY informative blog, Autism Wonderland.
Locally, the Families for Autism Support and Awareness group is keeping autism awareness alive. First, they will host a visual display of puzzle pieces decorated by local folks. I was asked too but it is not all that entirely original. Bet you will recognize it in an instant.
Veronica Orduño tells us:
The puzzle pieces will be on display at the Center for Arts the week of May 21st thru the 25th. with people having the opportunity to bid on them. The opening reception will be held on Monday the 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The auction will conclude at the end of our annual autism awareness walk that will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Shirley Field.
So if you have a child with a diagnosis in the Autism Spectrum, you do have resources and support groups. Families are reaching out to other families for learning from each other, for sharing information and for being there to just share in the little victories in life.