Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

April 29, 2013

Thanks to those who helped promote autism awareness

You may have noticed the blue lights shining on the flagpole in front of Mountain Ridge High School. For those who did not know, April is Autism Awareness Month.

The blue lights symbolize shining a light on autism spectrum disorders as part of the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue initiative.

I would like to thank Mike Wade, Bob Coburn and other volunteers from The American Legion in Frostburg for hanging our blue lights and maintaining them throughout the month.

I would also like to recognize Re Mark It on Broadway Street in Frostburg for participating in Light It Up Blue by using a blue display in their front window and participating in the puzzle piece campaign for the month of April, which is raising additional funds.     

Here are some facts about autism: Every 11 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism. It affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys and is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States.

On average, autism costs a family more than $50,000 annually. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome combined. Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to funding research, increasing awareness and advocating for those affected by autism. (Autism Speaks fact sheet-2013.)

If you have an autistic child, even something as simple as eating, sleeping or just getting a hair cut can be problematic and cause great anxiety for the child. The Autism Speaks website has a wealth of resources and tool kits available.

 If you are not directly affected by autism, chances are you know someone who is. If you would like to help those affected by autism or just want additional information, please visit www.autismspeaks.org or contact me atdspeir1@hotmail.com.

Thank you again to all who participated this month with shining a light on autism awareness!  

Dianna Lacey Speir

Allegany County Autism Speaks

Community outreach ambassador

Frostburg

 

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • Get involved Get involved

    Cumberland residents who want to make an impact on their community have an opportunity in that the city is seeking applicants for five of its boards.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • If we don’t sell it to them, somebody else will

    The front page article on coal exports by AP writer Dina Cappiello is one of the most asinine and biased “news” articles I’ve read (“Not in my backyard: U.S. sending dirty coal abroad,” July 29 Times-News, Page 1A).

    July 30, 2014

  • Not a villain Not a villain

    Time was that we looked for heroes. Heroes of the make-believe variety have sold a lot of comic books. We also had real-life heroes like Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, whose deaths the whole nation mourned.
    These days, we seem to be more interested in looking for villains. “Vote for me because I’m the good guy” has taken a back seat to “Don’t vote for him, because he’s the bad guy.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • About time About time

    Although many Cumberland streets are in need of repair and improvements, the decision by city and county officials to address Greene Street is a good one.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where is it?

    Once upon a time, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce held its annual conventions at the Bedford Springs resort hotel near Bedford, which is in Pennsylvania.

    July 28, 2014

  • Korean War Korean War

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sloppy lawmaking is to blame

    July 27, 2014

  • C-minus grade C-minus grade

    If a survey conducted by Thumbtack.com and the Kaufman Foundation is an accurate portrayal, Maryland has a long way to go to become a business-friendly state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Big loophole Big loophole

    How ironic — and how sad — that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plans a closed executive session to discuss the open meetings law.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo