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April starts on the same day of the week as July in all years, and January in leap years. April ends on the same day of the week as December every year.ocietal costs for medical and mental health care and services such as foster care total more than $30,000 for a child who is abused.

Welcome to the month of April! April is long considered the beginning of Spring, the month when taxes are due, we celebrate Easter, Passover, Earth Day and most importantly Opening Day of Baseball.

If you are a librarian we have you covered this month. April 4th is School Librarian Day and April 16th is National Librarian Day. And if your mate is a librarian they get a third day of celebration on April 28th, because that is Kiss Your Mate Day!

But perhaps the greatest thing about the month of April is that we start it out with some outrageous fibs on April Fool’s Day on the 1st and end it with sincerity on April 30th with National Honesty Day. I for one, look very forward to National Honesty Day each year, but this year even more so.

My plan is to send out through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, texts, etc. a message to all the elected officials who represent me and those who wish to represent me a reminder on April 29th that the following day is National Honesty Day and that I will be listening. Then on Tuesday May 1st I will do a fact check. Who knows, maybe instead of May 1st being just May Day each year it can also be, (stealing from my grandson’s favorite line),   Nananana Booboo Day!

So, who’s with me?

Aside from being National Humor Month, April, in all seriousness, is also Autism Awareness Month. In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.



Wednesday, April 4th, 2012– 1PM-2PM, Senate Hearing on CACR 13, a constitutional amendment banning any new tax based on personal income, Senate Internal Affairs, Room 100, State House, Concord.

Click here to see more events in New Hampshire!


Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study released last week that looked at data from 14 communities.  Autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls – with 1 in 54 boys identified.

This marks a 23 percent increase since the last report in 2009.  Some of this increase is due to the way children are identified, diagnosed and served in their communities, although exactly how much is due to these factors is unknown.  “To understand more, we need to keep accelerating our research into risk factors and causes of autism spectrum disorders,” said Coleen Boyle, Ph.D., M.S.Hyg., director of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

The study also shows more children are being diagnosed by age 3, an increase from 12 percent for children born in 1994 to 18 percent for children born in 2000. “Unfortunately, 40 percent of the children in this study aren’t getting a diagnosis until after age 4. We are working hard to change that,” said Boyle.

Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change Lives
Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:
• Lack of or delay in spoken language
• Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
• Little or no eye contact
• Lack of interest in peer relationships
• Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
• Persistent fixation on parts of objects

The most important thing for parents to do is to act quickly whenever there is a concern about a child’s development.
• Talk to your child’s doctor about your concerns.
• Call your local early intervention program or school system for an assessment.
• Remember you do not need a diagnosis to access services for your child.

To learn more about this study, visit www.cdc.gov/autism.

For information on CDC’s tools to help families track their child’s development, visit www.cdc.gov/actearly

To learn more about the research CDC is doing on autism, visit www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/research.html.

 

April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month. If you have not done so already please sign the Protect Our Kids Act petition. If you already have, Thank You!

The bi-partisan and bicameral Protect Our Kids Act was recently introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Memb
er Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), and 10 members of the House Ways and Means Committee.  This bill will create a National Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths to study and evaluate federal, state, and private child welfare systems and develop a national strategy to prevent and reduce these deaths.

This is a great step forward; however, in order for this bill to pass we need the support of your congressperson!

All it takes is a minute of your time to click here and sign the petition asking your member of congress to support this act. Then click here to send a letter to your Congressmembers.  Please sign now and forward this email to your friends, colleagues, and family members. Together, we can reduce child abuse and neglect deaths.

MaryLou Beaver
New Hampshire Campaign Director
Every Child Matters Education Fund

You can help win the fight for our kids by making a tax-deductible donation to ECM in any amount at www.everychildmatters.org.

 

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