Autism Awareness Month: Changing the Future of Autism

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April is National Autism Awareness Month which brings awareness to help change the future for all who struggle with an autism spectrum disorder. Organizations like Autism Speaks are leading the charge and dedication to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. Increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. The first step to helping to improve the lives of those affected by autism is awareness. However, awareness must lead to acceptance and action, so head on over to the Autism Speaks website to learn the signs and find out how you too can get involved!  

Things I learned about Autism

As the world continues to strive to advance the treatment and understanding of autism, here are a few things I learned:

  • nearly two-thirds of children with autism have been bullied
  • about 50,000 teens per year age out of school-based autism service
  • the cost of autism is about $1.4 to $2.4 million in a person's lifetime
  • about 84% of adults with autism remains living with their parents
  • environmental risk factors have now been identified for autism

Learn the signs that may indicate your child is at risk for Autism>>>