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It’s Autism Awareness Week

This week is Autism Awareness Week. It is a time for the public to learn about the condition and the challenges it poses, as well as events to raise money for research and support for those with autism.

Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects the way a person communicates, both with speech and body language. Those with ASD can find too much light, sound, and activity extremely painful and distressing.

The condition also differs between people. Some autistic people can live mostly normally with only a few interruptions to daily life, while others could be severely impaired and need much more help.

Some signs of autism include:

  • Avoiding eye contact.
  • Always wanting to be alone.
  • Has trouble understanding other people’s feelings.
  • Speaking and language skills develop more slowly.
  • Dislikes small changes in routine or surroundings.
  • Repeating the same actions, words or phrases
  • Unusual or strong reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors.

This week is a good time to learn more about autism and how it affects those with the condition. Here is a short video on ASD:

Goats Taking Over Town

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc across the globe as most people stay inside their homes. Self-isolation is not easy as humans are a social species, and people have to find ways of entertaining themselves. One community didn’t have to search far as the entertainment came on four legs and hooves to them.

In the seaside town of Llandudno, Wales, a herd of Kashmir goats started roaming the deserted streets. It’s not completely unusual to see the animals come into town, but with the humans confined to their homes, the beasts strolled around, nibbling on shrubs and gardens.

Town councilor Carol Marubbi said the only times they usually ventured into the city was when the weather was “awful,” but now the goats sensed something else was going on to keep the humans out of sight. “I think they’re probably feeling a bit lonely and they have come down to have a look around,” she said.

The Kashmir goats are not new to the area; the herd has lived there since the time of Queen Victoria. They were popular then because of their cashmere wool that was used to make shawls. Today, they are a local attraction with about 150 goats in the herd, including some kids that were born in February.

The townspeople shared their pictures and comments on social media. “Just love this,” said Sue Foster, a former schoolteacher. “Looks like they are definitely in charge.”

New Coronavirus Laws – An Overview

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced people and politicians to adjust daily lives and politics. At first, citizens were asked to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others. Later, government officials decided to introduce stricter methods.

Around the world, governments have closed schools, parks, playgrounds, and any non-essential businesses. President Donald Trump just extended that order to April 30, instead of limiting it to two weeks as was first planned.

Social distancing and staying home are difficult and even boring, but that is only one of the many repercussions of the virus. Small and large companies have had to shut down, and employees are left without jobs. The federal government is trying to help the American people during this financial crisis.

The president recently signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a $2.2 trillion bill which provides funding in many different areas. Employees who have lost their jobs will receive some payment from the government to help them survive until the crisis is over. Money will also be loaned to small businesses.

Talk of another financial relief law has been floating around Washington, D.C., but some politicians want to wait and see how this bill helps before making another expensive law.

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