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Hi friends! Today is world Autism Day!
The entire month of April is dedicated to Autism Awareness, and April Second is Autism Awareness Day!
Autism affects 70 million people worldwide, and 3.5 million just in the United States. It is the fastest growing developmental disability, although it receives one of the lowest funding.
1% of our worlds population lives with ASD.
There is a lot of misunderstanding about what ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is.
For one, Autism is not a ‘one size fits all’ condition. There are five types of Autism: Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. And within each are vast differences between each individual with ASD.
Some people think that only boys can be autistic. While boys are four times more likely, (1 in 42 boys) there are still a large number of girls with ASD (1 in 189). All in all, that’s 1 in 68 people with Autism.
Although roughly 25% of people with autism are non-verbal, most people with autism have an average or above-average IQ.
Infants as young as 6 months can show signs of autism (which is, for the record, a GENETIC disorder and not caused by vaccines, bad parenting, or anything else), and toddlers as young as 18 months can be diagnosed.
Roughly 1/3 of people with autism also have seizures.
Adults with autism are ten times more likely to have suicidal thoughts. More than half of those with autism are bullied at some point in their lives. Children with autism are twice as likely to be bullied. Bullying is often a lifelong issue for those with autism.
Although there is no “cure” for autism, there are many different types of treatment. It is not hopeless.
For resources and help with ASD, visit our resources page, and find websites to help you or your loved ones.
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