Did you know that April is World Autism Month? If you don’t personally have a child with autism, chances are you know a family who does. Many families encounter the challenge of caring for a child with autism. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, “Every person with autism is different. All will have problems with communication and social skills but not in the same way. Autism is a spectrum disorder because it can cause mild problems, severe problems, or something in between.”
You can find a great information sheet about autism here from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Additionally, here are a few stats on autism, courtesy of Autism Speaks.
- 1 in 59 children in the US are affected by autism.
- The average age of diagnosis is 4 years old, but low income, minority children are often diagnosed with autism significantly later, at 8 years old.
- Indicators of autism typically show in a child as early as 2 or 3.
- Autism is about 4 times more common in boys than girls.
What is World Autism Month?
Every April, Autism Speaks kicks off World Autism Month beginning with UN-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Autism Speaks encourages friends and neighbors around the world to come together to pledge to “go blue” to increase global understanding and acceptance of people with autism.
The Great Wolf Lodge is also teaming up with Autism Speaks with a month-long Blue Wolf Ears fundraising campaign.
Throughout April, the family-friendly indoor water park resort will offer a blue version of the brand’s signature wolf ears, available to guests for a minimum $5 donation to Autism Speaks. This campaign is a fun and interactive way to get families involved in raising awareness about autism.
A limited-edition collection of 10,000 blue wolf ears were made for this event and will be available for purchase at all 16 of the company’s U.S.-based resorts. All proceeds from the Blue Wolf Ears campaign will go directly to Autism Speaks, with a goal of raising $50,000 to support its mission of enhancing lives across the spectrum at every stage of life.
“We’re honored to have this opportunity to give back during World Autism Month and to help raise funds for a terrific organization like Autism Speaks,” said Erin Wallace, chief operating officer of Great Wolf Resorts. “Our Blue Wolf Ears campaign is just the start of a long-term partnership with Autism Speaks. In the future, we hope to use their expertise to help guide us as we continue to explore ways to make our resorts even more welcoming for people with autism and their families.”
“We are thrilled that Great Wolf Lodge chose us as its charity beneficiary for the Blue Wolf Ears campaign,” said Tom Frazier, chief science officer for Autism Speaks. “Sensory differences, uncertainty and social demands can make it challenging for some people with autism to participate in recreational activities, but autism-aware destinations enable the entire family to enjoy these experiences together and make memories.”
Last year alone, the non-profit aided more than 1 million people through Autism Speaks-funded programs and resources.
Great Wolf Lodge is an awesome destination for a family vacation, road trip stop, or weekend getaway with friends. We really enjoyed our visit to the lodge last fall. My kids had a blast playing the live action game MagiQuest, splashing at the water park, exploring Moonstone Mine at Oliver’s Mining Co. and
climbing to the top of the ropes course. Parents will love the delicious food and easy access to many family activities all under one roof. With many themed activities planned year round, any season is a great time to book your stay at Great Wolf Lodge!
During April, you can make family memories AND support Autism Speaks in their efforts to raise autism awareness.
Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.