Local Startups Support Autism Awareness This Month

By Laura Browne on April 14th, 2014 / Comments

April is Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month and this year’s campaign is just getting under way. Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month kicked off on April 2nd with World Autism Awareness Day, and serves as a time for communities to come together to increase public awareness and acceptance of individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

At Birdhouse, we’re focused on providing web and mobile-based tools and assistance to families raising children with Autism, providing much-needed organization and clarity for parents and caregivers. With the CDC reporting now that 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with Autism (up from 1 in 88 just two years ago), nearly everyone knows someone affected. Other local startups are helping join the cause too.

What’s Autism?

Put simply, Autism is the constant misfiring of neurons in the brain. It’s a neurodevelopmental disorder that typically is diagnosed in the first 2 to 3 years of life and affects speech and language, social interaction, and sensory processing.

Autism can make everyday activities like going to the supermarket feel overwhelming because the senses are, well, more sensitive: the fluorescent lights are brighter, the carts and people are louder, and the smell of the deli section can be overpowering.

Local Startups Gather this Month For Autism Awareness

Of course, you don’t have to be personally touched by Autism to participate in the many events & initiatives planned throughout Michigan during Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month. Our friends at InSilico, a mobile software startup focused on building educational apps for children with Autism (and also based in Southeast Michigan) are hosting an Autism Education Series in partnership with Microsoft at Somerset Mall in Troy, and our friends at Michigan-based real estate startup Superfly Homes  are contributing $250 towards an Autism charity of your choice when you sign with them at any point throughout April.

Join The Cause

At Birdhouse we’re committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for people of all abilities, and it starts in Southeast Michigan. Although we’re a technology company building tools that effectively disappear when you turn your phone or computer off, the benefits families are seeing extend far beyond the screen.

Come visit us at the following upcoming events in Southeast Michigan. Check out our technology platform helping families who have a loved one with Autisim.

Troy, MI

4/25 – Metro Parent Living with Autism Workshop

4/27 – Oakland County Autism Society Walk

West Bloomfield, MI

5/4 – InSilico’s Family Appreciation Day at Friendship Circle

 

About the Author

Laura Browne

Laura Browne is Community Advocate at Birdhouse for Autism and an English student. She is passionate about public health issues, geocaching, and playing the ukulele.