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World Autism Awareness Day

  • "1 in 36 children in the U.S. have autism, up from the previous rate of 1 in 44.

  • 1 in 45 adults in the U.S. have autism

  • In the U.S., about 4 in 100 boys and 1 in 100 girls have autism.

  • Boys are nearly 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

  • Autism prevalence is lower among white children than other racial and ethnic groups:

    • White – 2.4%

    • Black – 2.9%

    • Hispanic – 3.2%

    • Asian or Pacific Islander – 3.3%"

(https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-statistics-asd#:~:text=Autism%20Prevalence&text=In%20the%20U.S.%2C%20about%204,White%20%E2%80%93%202.4%25)


Why is the prevalence higher among minority children? I cannot answer that question. At the same time, autism is assessed more often than 10 to 20 years ago, and treatment has improved over time. Acceptance of people with Autism has improved. So, the United States has worked on destigmatizing the diagnosis.


Secondly, I have had the opportunity to work with extraordinary youth and families with autism. Through a structured lifestyle, treatment, medication (if necessary) and social support - I have witnessed youth live productive adult lives, including a career and creating a family.


Supporters: continue to advocate for your loved one(s) and be a consistent presence. You are an important part of his or her family or community.


Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day!

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