The CDC describes autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a developmental disability that can cause social, communicative and behavioral challenges. People with autism range from being very gifted to severely developmentally challenged. Their ways of learning and communicating often differ from other people, and some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily life. ASD includes conditions such autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD, ranging in racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. They also report that boys are about 5 times more likely than girls to have ASD. It seems most of us know someone who has been diagnosed on this spectrum – I have both family and friends who have been. So, when my mom shared a pair of autism research awareness flip flops with me on Facebook, suggesting I post about them, I agreed, and, well here we are.
Every time you purchase a pair of these flip flops, you help fund 3.3% of an hour of autism research and therapy for children with the diagnosis. That might not seem like much, but two minutes can provide 2 “AHA!” moments in the name of research.
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