Dear Family, Friends and Associates:
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 36 children in the United States.
Signs of Autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.
Several factors may influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues.
We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.
On Sunday, November 12, 2023, SITE FLORIDA & CARIBBEAN is joining TEAM JOHN MATTHEW and walking to raise funds in support of the mission of Autism Speaks – to fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services needed for all children and families affected by this devastating neurodevelopmental disorder, including my beautiful 25 year old SON!.
Please support us by donating and/or you too, can join the team and make an impact for people living with autism!
Jorge Colona - Autism Speaks Team Captain
2017 - 2022 Past President / Site Florida & Caribbean and
a VERY PROUD FATHER of a big and beautiful autistic 25 years old - young man!!