AIU Recognizes and Supports Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) asks you to join us during April as we support Autism Awareness Month and Autism Acceptance Month.

Autism is a neurological disorder typically diagnosed by the age of three with symptoms that involve three major areas of development, and impact a child's ability to:

  • Engage in reciprocal social interaction
  • Communicate with others in meaningful ways; and
  • Participate in a range of activities and behaviors typical of the child's age and stage of development

According to federal data, Autism prevalence has skyrocketed over the past 16 years, from about 1 in 188 children in 2004 to 1 in 54 diagnosed last year.

At the AIU we continue to provide programs for students who require specialized education, including regular one-on-one, and group social skills training. In addition, the organization provides crucial workforce training services for the teachers providing instruction for students with Autism.

We always strive to foster support, acceptance and encouragement for those living with Autism and hope to see that reflected in broader society. Stay tuned this month as we share stories within our community.

For more information about Autism and resources for parents and families, please visit our Resources page.