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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Autism Awareness Month

It's April which means... it's Autism Awareness Month!!

The Autism Society had been celebrating the National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. 

This is a very important to me as an upcoming educator to help spread the word about Autism.

In case some of you do not know Autism is a complex developmental disability which will usually appear within the first three years of a person's life. It affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with other people. 

Since March of 2012 the number of children born with Autism has gone up to 1 in 88 births in the United States. It is almost 1 in 54 boys. 

To care for an Autistic Child it costs about $3.5 to $5 million dollars. 

The U.S pays around $90 billion annually for Autism:

  • research 
  • insurance and non covered expenses
  • medicaid waivers
  • educational spending 
  • housing
  • transportation
  • employment
  • therapeutic services
  • caregiver costs 

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