More than 3 million Americans are currently living with an autism spectrum disorder. In order to highlight the need for autism awareness, April has been proclaimed National Autism Awareness Month, with April 2nd being World Autism Awareness Day.
Many Autism Society local affiliates hold special events in their communities throughout the month of April. To find out more about events taking place to promote autism awareness, you can visit the World Autism Awareness Day’s Facebook page.
Here are some facts about Autism according to www.autismspeaks.org:
- Autism now affects 1 in 88 children.
Autism prevalence figures are growing.
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.
Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.
There is currently no medical detection or cure for autism.
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