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What is Autism Awareness?

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Autism Awareness

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness month?  It will be difficult to express just how important this month is to us here at House of Jude in one blog post but, here we go!

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects an individual’s repetitive behaviours, their ability to interact, socialize, communicate and learn. One individual may have different symptoms and behavioural characteristics than another. It is referred to as a “spectrum” for this reason. Some individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder require substantial support while others require minimal support. Regardless of severity, some level of support is always required to ensure every individual with a diagnosis reaches their full potential.                    

                                                 

Statistics*

  • 1 in 42 males are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 1 in 165 females are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Males are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed than females

*(2018 National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System)

Blue Moon Foundation

We are so grateful to be connected to the Blue Moon Foundation and the little guy that inspired it all, Jreyk - a bright, blue eyed 6 year old boy, nephew to the founder of House of Jude. Jreyk has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and his mom has been inspired by his diagnosis to promote awareness and provide support and resources to families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are so proud to contribute this foundation by donating a portion of all sales from our Solstice Collection to their mission. That means, when you shop our Solstice Turkish towels and Blankets, you are also giving back and supporting this incredible cause (double win, right?).

  • In 2019 we donated a total of $2000.00
  • In 2020 we donated a total of $2500.00

We hope that this year, we can donate even more because whether you know someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder or not, it is truly a wonderful cause!

Resources

At House of Jude we believe that community is everything and we are honoured to help support the Blue Moon Foundation so that they, in turn, are better able to support families living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. We believe it really does takes a village to raise a child and we take our commitment to the Autism community and the Blue Moon Foundation seriously. Below you will find a variety of resources, including the website for the Blue Moon Foundation, that we hope you or someone you know may find helpful.

Blue Moon Foundation

https://bluemoonfoundation.ca/

 

Autism Ontario

https://www.autismontario.com/

 

Autism Speaks

https://www.autismspeaks.org/

If you’re considering purchasing some of our products, we encourage you to check out our Solstice Collection, remember it’s not only beautiful but it supports those in our Autism community!  

Thank you for all of your contributions, support and love, this month and always.

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