April is National Autism Awareness Month…today is World Autism Awareness Day.
One out of every 150 children has autism.
It affects more children than cancer, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis combined.
Four out of five children with autism are boys.
It is a mental disorder that affects language development and the ability to communicate.
It’s called a spectrum disorder because the degree of affliction runs from moderate to severe.
There is no known cause for autism…lots of speculation and theories but no specific cause.
There is no known cure for autism…treatments, yes…cure, no.
Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism.
The best defense in fighting autism is early diagnosis and intervention.
Most pediatricians are sadly lacking in information and knowledge about the disease. The vast majority of insurance companies refuse to cover the therapies needed to treat autism.
The average cost of a 30 minute speech or occupational therapy session is $45. Do the math…if a child receives two half hour speech session a week along with two half hour sessions of OT a week the cost is $180 a week…$540 a month…$6,480 a year.
The financial and emotional burden takes a heavy toll on families living with autism. You may think you aren’t directly affected by autism because no one in your family has it…but as a community it affects us all…and together we can help fight the devastating affects of a silent, invisible disease. Be aware…be informed. For more information visit www.autismspeaks.com