National Autism Awareness Month comes this time each year. This April, make a decision to get involved! We’ve got 3 ways you can make this month meaningful. From making a pie to making a statement, no deed is too small (or too delicious!).
Educate Yourself: It’s important to be aware of the issue at hand. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with others. The cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention, which is an important endeavor considering the fact that in 10 years, the annual cost will amount to between $200 and $400 billion.
Bake it great! Many parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD’s) report that behavior improves when their children eat a diet free of the proteins gluten and casein, and with more than 3.5 Americans living with an ASD, chances are, you know a family who could use a smile this month!
This Nutella Raspberry Cream Pie is a sweet treat that lacks gluten … Not flavor! Feel free to indulge!
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 cup Nutella
1 cup Powdered Sugar
Fresh raspberries to taste
Bake the Wholly Wholesome Gluten Free Pie Shell according to package instructions. Set aside and allow to cool completely.
To make the Nutella cream filling, place the heavy whipping cream in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk the cream until soft peaks form, starting on low speed and slowly increasing to medium speed.
Add the powdered sugar and whisk until incorporated. Add the Nutella and whisk until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture into the center. Using a small spatula evenly spread the filling until it is smooth. Top with raspberries and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Enjoy!
Make a Statement: The Autism Society recommends a few ways to spread the word. Here are a few simple ways to advocate for this cause!
- Place the NAAM logo badge on your blog, Facebook profile, Twitter page or other social media site! Customize it to include your logo too!
- Sign up for e-newsletter Autism Matters to continue sharing ideas on how to make a better world for autism here.
- Share your own experience or stories with NAAM or autism!