By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
When people hear the word ‘autism’ they immediately begin to wonder about the life of an individual who suffers from it. Many celebrities have voiced their concerns about finding a cure. Anyone who has a family member with autism will understand that it’s not an easy job.
According to Autism Speaks, “Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.”
Signs of autism are visible around 2 to 3 years of age, however, there are cases when it can be diagnosed by 18 months.
Here are some facts about autism:
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.
- An estimated 50,000 teens with autism become adults – and lose school-based autism services – each year.
- Around one-third of people with autism remain nonverbal.
- Around one-third of people with autism have an intellectual disability.
- Certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias.”
Because autism is a serious issue, hip-hop artist Ice-Cube has partnered with clothing brand Represent to create an exclusive T-shirt inspired by his 1993 hit track, ‘It was A Good Day.’
Ice-Cube has a family member with autism.
In a story in All Black Media, Cube said, ““I’m proud to support the great work that Autism Speaks does, a cause that is so important to me. My goal through this campaign is to not only help raise awareness but to also support this great organization’s efforts in promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.”
The price of the T-shirt is $24.99. If you’re interested in supporting a noble cause, click here. All proceeds go directly to Autism Speaks. Special ends March 7th.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him on www.sinclairgrey.org or Twitter @drsinclairgrey