Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. This is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism.
- Autism affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
Here’s another resource to review to learn more about autism: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guide to Evidence-based Interventions – this Guide, produced by the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative, describes evidence based interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) based on six recent nationally recognized systematic research reviews. The document provides information and tools to support individuals with ASDs and their families and to assist healthcare professionals, educators, and other community-based service providers in making informed decisions about selection, implementation, and monitoring of ASD interventions.
If you are interested in receiving professional development on intervention strategies, CSD has an upcoming two-day workshop, Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Early Childhood Setting. Strategies will be reviewed, including applied behavior analysis, structured teaching, sensory support and behavioral intervention.