Monday, April 3, 2006

New Layout

I wanted to do a layout to promote Autism Awareness and our efforts at Scrapdish to support Autism Research through selling our new mega kit called "Just Me"... I wanted to include a lot of journalling to give people an idea of what autism is and I found it really hard. I called the layout "The Face of Autism is Changing" because many people think of autism as those individuals who can't communicate or show emotion, and who sit in a corner all day and can't function independently. Actually, although some individuals with autism have those characteristics, many do not. Autism is a SPECTRUM disorder meaning you have individuals who are on the "lower functioning" side of the spectrum and individuals who are on the "higher functioning" side. I am fortunate that my son Colton is on the higher functioning side of the spectrum, as he has expressive language skills and can show some emotions.

The following was taken from ASA: Autism is one of five disorders that falls under the umbrella of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), a category of neurological disorders characterized by “severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development.”

And this was taken from Yale's site: The profiles of children with a PDD can vary tremendously. PDD is not one disorder but a category that encompasses a wide range of delays of different magnitude in different domains. Autism is the most severe of the pervasive developmental disorders. Autism indicates a primary disturbance in the individual's ability to relate to others. Language delay and cognitive delays are also common.

So I guess if you walk away with anything from this babble, please realize that those with "autism" can range  - but all of them have common characteristics within their range of diagnosis criteria.

Oh, and the layout... you can see it here or below. Jbaechtold_justme_loThanks for reading this!