CDC Releases New Report on Autism Prevalence of 1 in 68 as autism awareness month begins in April
Irvine, Calif. (March 27, 2014) -– Autism spectrum disorder is now diagnosed in 1 in every 68 children, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. “The newest survey reports on autism prevalence are staggering. In the 1970’s autism affected 1 in every 10,000.” said Lisa Ackerman, TACA Executive Director. “We can no longer assume we are more aware or better at diagnosing. There is just more autism. It is time we offer families help not excuses.”
The new autism prevalence of 1 in 68 translates to 1 in every 42 boys and 1 in every 189 girls.
In support of April being Autism Awareness Month, TACA has created an autism action month campaign: #AutismActionApril to provide practical tools for companies and individuals who want to help. The campaign aims to educate, empower and inspire by helping with simple solutions to support families living with this disorder. Help is needed now more than ever before.
TACA provides a toll free support hotline, access to a parent mentor program, education and support groups, webinars and scholarship programs among other services to families affected by autism.
To get involved in the #AutismActionApril campaign, please visit: http://www.tacanow.org/ways-to-help/autism-awareness/. For more information on our services, go to www.tacanow.org.
What is Autism
Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder that typically begins to affect children between the ages of 18 months to five years of age. It is estimated there are over 1.5 million people in the United States alone with autism. Autism affects each individual differently and at different levels of severity. Some people with autism are severely affected, cannot speak, require constant one-on-one care, and are never able to live independently. While others who have less severe symptoms, can communicate, and eventually acquire the necessary skills to live on their own.
About Talk About Curing Autism
Talk About Curing Autism is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. TACA’s aim is to shorten the cycle from the suspicion of autism, to diagnosis, to effective treatments thereby creating the best future possible for individuals living with autism. The organization currently serves almost 40,000 with an average of 600 new families connecting with them each month looking for support and best practices in autism.