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I am absolutely an advocate for spreading a message of awareness and acceptance about the many issues we face, knowing that together we can find solutions. I absolutely love to hear about people with a passion to help other people; for me it is in helping others that I have found my true purpose in life. iAcceptAutism was created by Dr. Annette Nunez and Maylene April Visaya with the mission to educate and promote autism awareness in communities across the nation.
Breakthrough Interventions is an organization dedicated to helping children with autism live successful and independent lives. It is their hope that by raising awareness and educating the public, children with autism will be able to live in more inclusive and accepting environments.
Dr. Annette Nunez, founder and director of Breakthrough Interventions, LLC and Maylene April Visaya, are licensed psychotherapists who specialize in working with children diagnosed with autism. Dr. Annette Nunez, is a licensed psychotherapist and has worked with children with ASD and other related disorders for over 22 years. Maylene April Visaya is licensed in Professional Counseling and became a National Credited Counselor in 2014.
These two amazing women have over 30 years of combined experience working with children in 1:1 and school settings. The primary scope of their practice focuses on school inclusion, social facilitation, teaching children about social competency, and pursing their passion in helping people achieve healthy and positive mindsets about autism.
Autism is not contagious and “bad” parenting does not cause it–this is a major misconception. As with so many other mainstream diseases that plague our nation there is a lot of incorrect information about autism. Sadly, these misconceptions about autism have a dramatic effect on the children with autism and their families; they are often discriminated against, ignored, excluded from their communities, and bullied due to a lack of awareness and acceptance of the autism disorder.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control’s “Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring” (ADDM) reported that approximately 1 in 68 children in our country have been identified with an “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).” Autism and ASD are reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups–as with other diseases, it does not discriminate!
Statistics showed that approximately 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008. These disabilities ranged from from mild, such as speech and language impairments and social skills issues, to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, motor, cognitive interruption and cerebral palsy, and autism.
Autism is now one of the most prevalent of developmental disorders in the Unites States, and even though there is no known cause or cure, with early intervention children with autism can live independently as adults.
“If you know one person with autism, you only know one person with autism…”
Join the mission and help spread a message of awareness and acceptance nationwide in order to educate the public about autism. Take the #iAcceptAutism challenge or donate! You can post on social media that you are going to #paintthetownblue and #iAcceptAutism to show your support for children with autism and challenge three other people to do the same. Then on November 15th, 2016, post a selfie or group photo with your hands painted blue.
For more information visit the iAcceptAutism.com website.