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New Autism Prevalence Rates Released by the CDC

One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 27. 

Main findings of the report:

Most children are still not diagnosed until after age four, even though ASD can be diagnosed by age two. 

Make the First Five Count is an advocacy and awareness campaign designed by Easter Seals to get children at risk of developmental delays or disabilities the right support.  The Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ) —a free screening tool is available for parents to simply answer age-specific questions to see if their child’s developmental progress is on schedule. 

“The most important thing for parents to do is act early.  Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago (ESMC) provides services and support to individuals living with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities.  We are committed to providing a continuum of services from early intervention through adulthood, in addition to early detection training partnerships with universities and hospitals,” said Chief Operating Officer Barbara Zawacki.                                 

About Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago maximizes independence and creates opportunities for people with disabilities and other special needs to live, learn, work and play in their communities by providing a lifespan of premier services. 

ESMC offers a wide range of programs, some of which include:

To learn more about Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, visit our website at www.eastersealschicago.org or www.eastersealsandautism.com

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