ROC/PNC is joining the rest of the nation in recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today. Research has made clear that high quality early intervention can improve learning, communication and social skills, as well as underlying brain development. Please take time this month to become better educated and advocate for those affected by Autism.