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NICHQ Celebrates

Autism Awareness Month

April 2013

NICHQ is joining with other organizations around the country (and the world) in celebrating Autism Awareness Month in April and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. We invite you to explore our resources, stories, videos, and other materials related to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and our national project, the Collaborative to Improve Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Celebration Activities


On April 2, NICHQ joined hundreds of thousands of homes and communities to take part in Light It Up Blue, a unique global initiative led by Autism Speaks to kick-off Autism Awareness Month.

Autism Uncovered - A Closer Look at the Lesser-Known Aspects of ASD The NICHQ staff celebrated Light It Up Blue 2013 in part by dressing all in blue

A few of NICHQ's Project Managers "Light It Up Blue"

NICHQ has also created a brand new infographic to illustrate some of the lesser-known aspects of ASD. Click here or on the image above to view the full version!

Our Project Teams

The ATN Consortium and the 14 teams participating in NICHQ's Collaborative to Improve Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders will celebrate Autism Awareness Month as well. Check out their planned activities below!

Team Event(s)/Activities
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Wear Blue to Work Day
Nationwide Children's Hospital Building will LIUB, doing a presentation, promoting the Autism "Build a Bear" campaign in their clinic, wearing blue to work day and an autism-friendly science center day at the Center of Science and Industry
Arkansas Hosting Team Up Autism Conference, Wear It Blue Raffle Day, hanging Autism Speaks window clings in clinic windows, the El Porton chain of restaurants will have their servers where blue and offer blue desserts, as well as working with local Autism Speaks chapter to host events and activities throughout the month
Missouri Local businesses displaying LIUB posters, several large shopping centers will LIUB, doing a blue balloon release
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Blue themed booth, banner, wear blue to work day, social media, hosting a booth and having a team at the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Hosting a series of presentations, hosting the 4th annual Huddle Up for Autism, handing out autism awareness ribbon stickers as well as other planned activities for the month
University of Rochester Building will LIUB and will hosting an event to showcase all the resources that are available and research going on at the university related to autism
ATN Toronto Consortium Buildings will LIUB
UPMC/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Light Pitt Up Blue in Pittsburgh
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Facebook Page, photo sequence on webpage, LIUB campaign, staff to wear blue, buildings will LIUB
The Lurie Center Autism Awareness Community Event
OHSU LIUB, grand rounds presentation on ASD, a presentation on the latest autism research and a family-physician gathering
University of Colorado 2nd annual Light It Up Blue Aspen Gala event for autism
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Several buildings will LIUB

Join the Celebration

There are plenty of ways you can get involved in Autism Awareness Month as an individual, a family, a business, a coalition, etc. Check out the Tools & Resources on the Light It Up Blue website for ideas on how you can celebrate this month--many of the ideas from Light It Up Blue can be extended throughout April as part of Autism Awareness Month!

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ATN Director Dan Coury on Improving Autism Care

Video Summary: The Autism Treatment Network (ATN) Director Dan Coury, MD, speaks about how NICHQ's quality improvement program is helping centers around the continent improve care for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Parent Story: "He's Just a Boy"

Video Summary: In this gripping presentation, a NICHQ parent partner recounts her son's diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Shelly Armstrong now works with NICHQ's quality improvement program to help better care for ASD treatment.

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Stories and News

Practices Improve Constipation Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

March 18, 2013
The quality improvement team at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles has made important gains in developing a treatment plan for addressing constipation in children with ASDs. Read Story >>

Q&A with Dr. Dan Coury, Faculty Chair of NICHQ’s Collaborative to Improve Autism Care
November 15, 2012
Dr. Coury discusses how working closely with families can improve systems that deliver care for children with autism spectrum disorders. Read News >>

Parents Help Revamp Autism Treatment Center
July 19, 2012
In Portland, Oregon, a “Family Advisory Committee” helps ASD specialists deliver more accessible care. Read Story >>

NICHQ Helps Autism Treatment Centers as Prevalence Rates Rise
April 3, 2012
In the face of rising autism spectrum disorder rates, NICHQ helps providers address the disorder’s physical symptoms. Read News >>

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Learn More

Want to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders or the Collaborative to Improve Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders? Then check out the links below.

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