About 1 in 68 children born in the United States has been identified with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number has more than doubled in the last ten years.
Autism is a disability described as a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.
The month of April has been recognized as National Autism Awareness Month to promote autism awareness, inclusion and opportunity in society. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the world.
According to the Autism Society: the cost for autism is about $2.4 million for one person’s lifespan; thirty-five percent of young adults diagnosed with autism have not had a job or received education after leaving high school; autism services cost the United States between $236 to $262 billion annually. Autism awareness is important. Donations are important. At the rate autism cases are growing, it needs all the support it can receive.
Actress Holly Robinson-Peete is a strong advocate for autism awareness because her son is autistic. Her life’s work has been to bring awareness.
It’s #WorldAutismAwarenessDay! @RodneyPeete9 & I are so grateful to families who shared their #autism journey w/us! 💙https://t.co/ADJ9QQVYCw
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) April 2, 2017
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