Actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband NFL star Rodney Peete are aware of autism. Their son, R.J., was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Inspired by their son, Holly and Rodney embarked on the journey of autism with faith, a willingness to learn, a passion to educate and a desire to bring autism awareness to parents, friends and the world. They have a platform, through their celebrity status, to highlight autism and are using it for the betterment of awareness, research, advocacy, and information for families — the very same four pillars of the Autism Speaks mission.
The question is: Do you have to be a celebrity to be aware of autism? No. However, through Holly, Rodney, Autism Speaks, local organizations and families, we learn how to be aware and then what to do with that awareness.
For instance, are you aware that high quality early intervention for autism spectrum disorders can do more than improve behaviors, but it can also improve brain function?
What else are you aware of when it comes to autism spectrum disorder? Find out how many of the true/false questions you can correctly answer regarding autism awareness in Thursday’s blog.
“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” -James Thurber