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Today is World Autism Awareness Day.

April 2nd has been declared World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations. For those of you who don’t know, autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Today, 1 in 150 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe.

* Approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by autism.

* Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the world.

* More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than Diabetes, Cancer, and AIDS combined.

* Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism.

* There is no medical detection or cure for autism, but early diagnosis and intervention improves outcomes.

Speaking as a sibling of a guy with autism, I encourage y’all to be more… aware… on this day. Yeah. 🙂

So, last night, Jenn and I were cleaning house and getting ready for a contractor who’s coming out today to measure some rooms so she can get hardwood floors (YAAAY!). We were folding clothes in the bedroom, and I noted to myself that Maddie (Jenn’s dog) had been in the living room by herself for quite a while. She came back in the bedroom eventually and curled up in her bed, all sweet and innocent-like.

So innocent...

So innocent...

Once she came back in, I dismissed any concerns I had about her getting into something she shouldn’t be playing with in the living room (ie. my computer stuff, etc.).

Then, I go in the living room, and OF COURSE what do I see?



Note the plethora of lovely dog toys in the background (including the Simpsons donut chew toy I gave her for Christmas). All those goodies, and she decided instead to play 52 Card Chewup. Greeeeat.

No biggie, of course. We have another deck to play with, and I’ll just make sure from now on that they’re left somewhere higher up than a coffee table. 🙂

Anyway, WOO-HOO, no Trig tonight. My teacher’s in Boston (Or “Baa-uu-stone,” as he calls it) for some conference. So I’m going to World Civ and then heading straight on over to Laura’s for Game Night tonight. We usually have Bible Study on Thursdays, but our class decided to take a break and have a game night instead. I invited my buddy Drew to hang out with us too, so that should be fun. I’m ready to kick back and spend some time with my love and our friends, so I’m definitely looking forward to it.

Photo Booth Shot of the Day:

I feel like I'm missing something here...

I feel like I'm missing something here...

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