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“Spectrum of Kindness” Continues to Foster Inspiration and Share Stories of Kindness from Across the Nation
Story Number is : 050817103
Hospital for Special Care

California, Kentucky, Virginia, Alabama, Indiana, Massachusetts, Florida, Minnesota and Connecticut are just some of the state’s where folks have submitted inspirational stories about living with autism to the Spectrum of Kindness online community. Now in its fourth year, Hospital for Special Care is seeking submissions from across the country during Autism Awareness Month to spotlight the people and the faces of those living with autism.

Through Spectrum of Kindness,the public is invited to sharestories of kindnessand inspireothers byuploading stories, videos orphotos -whetherit’san act of kindness in apotentiallystressful publicsetting, ateacher that has gonethat extramile ora familythat has been helped by an extraordinarycaregiver.

“Spectrum of Kindnessconnects individuals from across the United States andcreates acommunitydedicated to gathering and sharing real- world accounts of the everydayhurdles and joys associated withautism,”saidLynn Ricci, presidentand CEO, Hospital forSpecial Care. “Our overallgoal is for these stories to serve as a catalystthat inspiresothers to become moreinformed, tolerant andgivingto help makelife easierfor thoselivingwithautism spectrum disorder (ASD).”

As one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S., autism prevalence figures continue to grow. Autism, a neurological disorder characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication, socialization and behavior now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.

A few examples of stories shared over the years include: Amother discussing how her son’sdiagnosis has taught her a new way of learning and patience, a powerful bond between an autistic boy and his dog, a father explainingthekindness and understandinga restaurant staff showed for his child during a tantrum, or agrandfathersharinghis excitementoverthe kind act of a youngboywho invited his autistic grandson to his first party.

The importance of having this online community is evident in these stories and insight parent’s offer. “My advice to anyone is not to give up and remember your child has a disorder. However, the disorder is not your child,” said a mother from Alabama.

“In the end, Spectrum of Kindness sheds positivelight on ASD and provides families with a sense of community and support,” added Ricci. “We’reoptimisticthat in its fourth year we’ll receive even morestories of inspiration and kindness from across the country.”

TheAutism Center atHSCis the nation’s first and onlyPatient Centered SpecialtyPracticefor autism recognized by the National Committeefor QualityAssurance(NCQA) for its responsiveness to patients and medical colleagues, cooperation and integration with otherhealthcaregroups and dedication to continuous improvement. The Center includes Connecticut’s only in-patient autism unit that is just one of 10 like it in the country. HSC has cared for more than 5,000 patients with autism since the Center opened in 2012.

Visit www.spectrumofkindness.orgformoreinformationand to sharestories of inspiration and kindness.

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