AARC Tip of the Month - April   2015




April is Autism Awareness month! Let's spread the word and get our communities involved!! 1 in 68 people are now diagnosed with ASD, so it is important for us to continue to grow and learn about the unique needs of our community members who may fall on the Spectrum. We hope you enjoyed some of the activities that have already occurred this month - and don't forget that there is still time to partake in some of these great events!


Anchorage Rocks for Autism: Occurred April 4th, 8th,  and 11th

Anchorage Rocks for Autism concerts are a fun way to support the Autism Society! If you missed it this year, keep you eyes and ears open for news on next year's events!


Autism Awareness Bookfairs: Occurred March 28th in Anchorage and April 11th in Fairbanks

Barnes & Noble Bookfairs are a great excuse to splurge on a new book, and support autism awareness - Make sure to join us next year!


Alaska Walk for Autism Juneau: Saturday, April 18th 12:00pm, Nugget Mall, Suggested donation of $15/person

Support autism awareness by joining the walk, participating in the carnival activities, or bidding on silent auction items! Contact Lori King for more information: 907-321-8311 capital.city.council@gmail.com


Anchorage Walk for Autism: Saturday, April 25th 2:00pm, The Dome, $25/adults, $15/kids

Join the AARC for a day of fun! Visit the registration website for more information.


Fairbanks Autism Walk/Run: Saturday May 9th 10:ooam, Pioneer Park, $25/adults, $10/kids

Support the Autism Society of Alaska at this fun event! Visit the registration for more information. 


Book of the Month:
This book is  available in the SESA Library. You may search the library on the SESA website, or you may contact our Librarian, Anne Freitag, at afreitag@sesa.org or  907-334-1301

For easy searching on the SESA Library site, we've added the ISBN number. Simply copy, paste, and search!

Autism Awareness and Early Intervention Behavior: The impact of the "learn the signs, act early" public health awareness campaign on early intervention behavior
By: Kinjal Patel
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, c2009. 
ISBN:  9783639218817

Description: Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. Proactive adult behaviors leading to early intervention are a child's best hope to reach their full potential. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partnered with Porter Novelli to develop a public health campaign called "Learn the Signs. Act Early." The goal of this campaign was to increase awareness about the early warning signs of autism to help invoke positive behaviors in parents so that children receive services at the youngest age possible. HealthStyles survey data were analyzed to assess the difference in level of autism awareness of those surveyed before the campaign launch and of those surveyed two years post-campaign launch. Association between awareness of autism and early intervention behavior was also examined. Results of the study show improvements in awareness of autism issues; however, the results indicate minimal association between awareness and early intervention behavior. Further research efforts are essential to modify the campaign and target the issues necessary to instigate early intervention behavior.