July 22nd is Fragile X awareness day. And this is a cause that ties in with the book Saved. Kelly Elliott has devoted a lot of her time and effort to support and promote the awareness of this genetic disorder. The main character in Saved has a brother who has Fragile X. And if you are a follower of my blog you know that my youngest son is on the Autistic spectrum and this is something that lies close to my heart as well. For those of you who are not familiar with the term Fragile X, I took this from the Fragile X associated disorders website.
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common known cause of inherited intellectual disability. Symptoms of FXS include a range from learning disabilities to more severe cognitive or intellectual disabilities that were previously referred to as “mental retardation.” Delays in speech and language development are common, as are a variety of physical and behavioral characteristics. FXS is also the most common known cause of autism or autism spectrum disorders. FXS is caused by a “full mutation” of the FMR1 Gene. - See more at: http://www.fragilex.org/fragile-x-associated-disorders/#sthash.Vwip7dgB.dpuf
As you can see from this brief description, Fragile X can range from mild to severe. But this disorder encoumpuses a whole lot more possible outcomes and complications. To read about it was eye opening, even for me, as I thought I was pretty well versed in all things Autism. As part of promoting awareness in this genetic condition I would ask you, my awesome readers, to post a link on your blog or Facebook to the National Fragile X Foundation Web Site. Which can be found by clicking on the info I linked above.
Take the time to read the families stories and find out how you can help promote awareness. The reality is you probably have someone in your family or community touched by this intellectual disorder. Just something as simple as a Facebook post can spread the word.