With the first week of April most people think about April Fools day, spring and Easter, but what they might not be aware of is that April is World Autism Awareness Month.
Do you know someone with Autism? How does autism affect your life?
A child is diagnosed with Autism every 11 seconds and you may not be affected…yet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. The new data shows that 1 in 68 children are now diagnosed with autism.
The Number is rapidly rising. With the help of others around us we can raise funds for the research to finding a cure.
Alpha Xi Delta is partnered with Autism Speaks. As the world’s largest autism advocacy organization, Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, funding research into the cause, looking at the options for prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Below we see our sisters Lighting It Up Blue on the Today Show to spread awareness:
Our Sisters increase autism awareness on our campus by working with Autism Speaks through our annual philanthropies in the fall and spring, as well as promoting Autism Awareness month on the K-State Campus.
In the Fall we hold the AmaXing 5K Challenge, Fiesta Frenxi, and the Walk Now For Autism Speaks 5K, and while those are very successful ways of promoting awareness we don’t stop there.
In the spring we help with awareness by Lighting It Up Blue and encouraging the Greek community to help us light it up during World Autism Awareness Month. And the last but not least HUGE philanthropic event we are preparing for is Xi Man.
The fraternities and Organizations at K-state compete in a series of rounds to win the title of Xi Man. Each fraternity and organization choose a competitor and he is assigned two girls from Alpha Xi to be his coaches and help him in the competition.
- Penny War
- Book Drive
- T-shirt competition
At the live competition there is a formal wear, talent and question and answer performances by each contestant.
It is a fun way to raise funds for the research of Autism and promote awareness.
While there is no known cure, Alpha Xi Delta is committed to improving the lives of children and families affected by autism. We hope our fundraising and awareness efforts can help to find the missing pieces.
And don’t forget…to wear BLUE today on World Autism Awareness Day!