Autism Society Responds to New Prevalence Estimate
March 29, 2012
By Autism Society
Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest report that estimates 1 in every 88 U.S. children has autism. While there is no agreement or proven reasons for this increase, the Autism Society believes we must address the issues important to those living with autism today.
The increasing incidence of autism should serve as an urgent call to address a critical issue facing society: Individuals and families living with autism need support and services. These CDC statistics are a clear call that the need for services has never been greater. If society does not answer that call, particularly as the population grows, more and more individuals will not receive the help they desperately need.
The Autism Society is calling for a national discussion on the importance of early screening and services across the lifespan. Individuals with autism, their families and the professionals who support them, must be included in the conversation. Because when needs are met, individuals are empowered to be self-sufficient citizens who can lead independent, fulfilled lives.
Early screening and diagnosis can have a significant impact, leading to improved educational and social outcomes, employment and independent living. As the autism incidence surges, it becomes increasingly important that families know the signs of autism, have access to expert diagnosticians, receive appropriate services, and transition effectively into adulthood.
The Autism Society network is uniquely suited to address the needs of individuals and families. Our Chapters provide local guidance and support in communities across the country. Look to our Chapters for information and referral services, conferences, workshops, recreational opportunities and local advocacy. For support and guidance, find a chapter near you at: www.autism-society.org/chapters.
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