Autism awareness should be a priority for our society. The reality is that children grow up. Caring for adults with autism spectrum disorders will be a national responsibilty.
Mechanicville, New York (Vocus/PRWEB) April 14, 2011
Visual Schedules Inc., a customized magnetic family and classroom visual schedule company, joins thousands of organizations across the nation in celebrating National Autism Awareness Month. Visual Schedules will give away two free visual schedules during their promotion, running throughout the month of April.
On April 30, two lucky winners will receive a choice of Visual Schedules' most popular products, personalized by gender and ethnicity. Registrants are simply required to submit an e-mail entry at http://www.visualschedules.com and Like the company's Facebook page.
"Our visual schedule products were developed after my son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder," says Joann Tierney-Daniels, Visual Schedules' President and founder. "A visual schedule was suggested by his special education teacher, but finding the perfect fit was difficult. Most visual schedules available were projects, requiring time and effort from parents. Life was overwhelming after Ben's initial diagnosis. I didn't have the time for a creative endeavor. "
As a result, Tierney-Daniels went to work, hired a graphic design team, and started Visual Schedules. The company manufactures customized visual schedules for children. Their product line is two pronged, one branch dedicated to family schedules, while the other focuses on educators and the classroom.
Although their visual schedules were designed to assist all children; the company emphasizes the impact visual schedules have on children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Research has shown the utilization of a visual schedule assists with communication difficulties, capitalizing on the visual strengths of children with autism spectrum disorders.
Alarmingly, the rate of autism spectrum disorder diagnoses appears to be on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) report that autism spectrum disorders currently effect one out of every 110 children in the United States. This estimate is expected to increase when the revised figures are released by the CDC later this year.
Affected families struggle to find, and finance, adequate tools and resources to assist their children. "Our intent is to spread awareness about autism and the needs of our children," Tierney-Daniels stipulates. "The autism community has given tremendously to my family. National Autism Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity for Visual Schedules to pay it forward."
Visual Schedules Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Mechanicville, NY. More information about Visual Schedules Inc. is available on-line at http://www.visualschedules.com.