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MedicAlert Foundation News | April 2010

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MedicAlert Foundation Member News | April 2010
Feature Story April is National Autism Awareness Month
April is National Autism Awareness Month and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1% of children in the United States, or one child in every 110, is classified as having an autism spectrum disorder. As a result, MedicAlert Foundation is proud to offer you the following information and resources from our friends at the Autism Society.
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A live 24-hour emergency response service for those impacted by autism spectrum disorders and medical emergencies, and also provides a benefit to the Autism Society's Safe and Sound® initiative. If you know someone on the autism spectrum, suggest that they become a MedicAlert member today!

Find your local Autism Society Chapter
Autism Society chapters are your best source of information and support. Most chapters are volunteer-led by parents, care providers and other professionals.

Special Member Offer Spring Sale! Spring Sale
April showers bring May flowers - and great savings at MedicAlert! Save up to 30% on select medical IDs.*
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*Offer ends May 31, 2010. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer.
MedicAlert Tips Anaphylaxis: Nothing to Sneeze At
MedicAlert Member Lynn Spring has arrived, and with it comes heightened allergy and asthma concerns for many. And while for most people these conditions may be mildly uncomfortable, for others, especially those who may be at risk for anaphylaxis – a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction involving multiple bodily systems – spring may also be a time to exercise caution and restraint.
Learn to identify the signs of severe allergic reactions and how to help someone having a potentially life-threatening emergency.
To read the full article, click here.
Addtional Resources The Autism Society's State Resources page
Designed by Autism Society information and referral experts, the State Resources page features commonly requested resources sorted by state. These pages include localized information on Autism Society chapters, advocacy, public policy, autism waiver, education, community resources and events.

Sensory Friendly Films
AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the "Sensory Friendly Films" program.

Autism Source
Search nationwide autism-related services and supports by location or service type. Autism Source, created in 2004, is the most comprehensive database of its kind.

Put on the Puzzle
The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon this month – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism!

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