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Autism Awareness Month

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. It affects 1 in 44 children in the United States. There is no one type of Autism but many subtypes. Each person with Autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. Learning, thinking, and problem-solving for people with Autism can range from highly skilled to severely challenging. Signs of Autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. According to research, early intervention can lead to positive outcomes for people with Autism later in life.

There are many resources in Tuscarawas County for people with Autism, and the Rainbow Connection has a long history of support for people with Autism. The Rainbow Connection has funded sensory rooms and items for local schools and purchased the technology that can improve the learning experience for children with Autism. The Rainbow Connection has purchased iPads and more advanced communication devices for children with Autism who are nonverbal. These devices are critical and allow the child to communicate with family and staff at school. The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Starlight School are great places to get assistance and information on how to provide the best learning experience and beyond for people with Autism in Tuscarawas County.

If you would like to help the Rainbow Connection make a difference for people with Autism, then make a donation using our website or send checks to 119 3rd St NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663. We are grateful for all the support that allows us to continue our mission.

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