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Autism Facts

Easter Seals Provides Help, Hope and Answers for Families Living with Autism Today

Did you know that a new case of autism is diagnosed every 20 minutes? More than 1.5 million Americans experience autism and it is the fastest growing developmental disability in the world.

What is autism? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or autism is a developmental disability considered the result of a neurological condition affecting normal brain function, developmental and social interactions. 

Locally, Easter Seals WRC will see an increase in referrals of individuals with autism and an increase in family members with autism. Through its services, the organization will work to develop and implement best practices in working with varying levels of the disorder. In addition, Easter Seals WRC is partnering with other local organizations to become a source of information for the local community regarding autism.

Learn about how Easter Seals WRC is helping a young man with autism transition to the workforce.

Other facts about autism:

  • Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the world, increasing at a rate of 10-17% each year.
  • As many as 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism
  • More than 1.5 million Americans have autism
  • Twelve to 17 million Americans have a family member with autism
  • Autism is more prevalent in males than females
  • Autism knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries.

Sources: National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), 2004, U.S. Department of Education, 1999, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2007.

Join Easter Seals WRC in our efforts to address the employment needs of people with autism and other disabilities and disadvantanges.

Nationally, Easter Seals is the largest provider of autism services in the country, see what's new on the national level. 

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