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Celebrating National Autism Awareness Month

Celebrating National Autism Awareness Month

Learn more about autism in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

April is Autism Awareness Month.  When the Autism Society first launched Autism Awareness Month nearly a quarter century ago, it was with the goal of promoting awareness, inclusion, and self-determination for all.  Additionally, the Society looked to provide those diagnosed with autism the opportunity to achieve the highest quality of life possible.  In honor of this Autism Awareness Month, let’s learn more about autism with these facts.

  1. Autism is a bio-neurological development disability that generally appears before the age of three.
  2. Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.
  3. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.
  4. About 40% of children with autism do not speak. About 25%-30% have some words at 12-18 months of age and then lose them.  Some children might develop the ability to speak but not until later on in childhood.
  5. Autism varies widely from person to person.
  6. Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States.
  7. On average, autism will cost a family $60,000 a year.
  8. Autism itself does not affect life expectancy, however research has shown that the mortality risk among individuals with autism is twice as high as the general population, in large part due to drowning and other accidents.
  9. Currently, there is no medical detection or cure for autism.
  10. However, autism is treatable and progress can be made. It is not a hopeless condition.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we learn more this Autism Awareness Month.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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