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With the incidence rate more than doubling in the last decade, autism is now the fastest growing developmental disability. North Carolina has the second highest prevalence rate in the U.S., that's 1 in 57 children in NC has autism. Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh are in the nation's top 20 cities with autism prevalence. Nationally, 1 in 59 children has autism according to the newly released report by the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network

Autism is a lifelong, complex spectrum of neurobiological developmental disorders. It affects how the brain processes information and learns. The social and communication challenges that individuals with autism experience can make it difficult for them to speak and make friends. Dealing with everyday tasks and situations - second-nature to most people - can be unsettling, frustrating, and even frightening. Coping with everyday life can erode self-confidence and self-esteem, and make it difficult to form and keep personal, social and professional relationships. 

While autism has no defined cause and no known cure, there is help and hope. With early diagnosis, intervention, consistent behavioral techniques, and caring support, children and adults with autism can be successful at school, home, work, and in the community.

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