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    National Autism Awareness Month

    Posted by Jennifer Sharp on Apr 14, 2013 12:44:28 PM

    April marks the annual observance of National Autism Awareness Month.

    Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

    In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys.  The spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children.

    Facts and Statistics

    • 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.
    • Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 88 births.
    • 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
    • Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate.
    • 10 - 17 % annual growth.
    • $60 billion annual cost.
    • 60% of costs are in adult services.
    • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
    • In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion.
    • 1 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom have an autism spectrum disorder.
    • The cost of autism over the lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person.
    • Only 56% of students with autism finish high school.
    • The average per-pupil expenditure for educating a child with autism was estimated by SEEP to be over $18,000 in the 1999-2000 school year. This estimate was nearly three times the expenditure for a typical regular education student who did not receive special education services.
    • The unemployment rate for people with disabilities was at 14%, compared with 9% for people without a disability. Additionally, during the same period, only 21% of all adults with disabilities participated in the labor force as compared with 69% of the non-disabled population.

    If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with autism, Jones & Bartlett Learning offers an essential resource to help answer your questions and concerns:

    100 Questions & Answers About Autism: Expert Advice from a Physician/Parent Caregiver focuses on issues of critical importance to those who love and care for autistic children and adults. This book gives you authoritative, practical answers to the most common questions about autism, including causes, diagnosis, treatment options, sources of support, and much more. Written by a physician who is the parent of an autistic child, this text combines the author’s medical knowledge, extensive research, and personal experience.  The text is supplemented with thoughts and comments from other parents of autistic children, making this an invaluable resource for all loved ones of people coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of autism.

    To learn more about 100 Questions & Answers About Autism: Expert Advice from a Physician/Parent Caregiver please visit our website.

    For information on the Autism Society, please visit their website at http://www.autism-society.org/.

    Topics: Centers for Disease Control, medicine, patient education, primary care, caregiver, Family Medicine, General Medicine, national autism month, spectrum disorder, autism, patient education

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