April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a developmental disability marked by differences in communication, social interaction, and learning abilities. In 2020 the CDC reported that for the first time, autism prevalence was the same for Black and white children but Black children are still being diagnosed later, delaying critical early intervention services. Resources and support are sparse for Black families with autistic children. Parents of children with Autism report high levels of stress and anxieties that impede on child and family treatments, caused largely by social determinants for families of color due to health and service disparities.
Our next UBMA Wellness Walk is on Saturday April 17th at 8am EST. We will meet at West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve, located at 4655 Arrowhead Rd., West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323. Please bring a mask, water bottle and comfortable walking shoes.
Let’s dedicate our walk to Black mothers of children with Autism. Please sign up, support and invite a mother to walk with you in your community, while supporting National Autism Awareness Month. Every dollar donated for our walk will go directly to creating Wellness Care Packages for Black mothers of children with Autism. Donate here.
Snap a picture while walking with your village and share with us on your social media platforms by tagging United Black Mothers of America and using hashtag #ubmawalk
United Black Mothers of America is committed to championing self care for Black mothers where we can safely walk, talk and be well together to strengthen our social, physical and emotional wellness. We welcome allies to walk with us. Let’s Heal Together.
We envision a world where Black mothers can protect their health and wellness without guilt; and allies want to support and listen.
Let’s Be Well Together.