April is Autism Awareness Month!
Here are some Autism Statistics to be aware of :
Autism is diagnosed in 1 in 150 children and 1 in 94 boys(1)
1 to 1.5 million Americans have Autism(2)
Autism is America's fastest-growing developmental disability with 10 - 17 % annual growth
Growth comparison during the 1990s(3):
U.S. population increase: 13%
Disabilities increase: 16%
Autism increase: 172%
Autism has a price tag of about $90 billion annually with 90% of all costs in adult services(4)
Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention(4)
If you are wondering what you can do to get involved and stay informed, then participate in one of the events listed in the link below. Each of these events donates money to organizations that support families by providing resources and funding research.
1. Based on prevalence statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007).
2. Based on the autism prevalence rate of 2 to 6 per 1,000 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001) and 2000 U.S. Census figure of 280 million Americans.
3. U.S. Department of Education's "Twenty-First Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" (1999). 4. Jarbrink K, Knapp M, 2001, London School of Economics study: "The economic impact on autism in Britain," 5 (1): 7-22.
Portland Events For Autism Awareness Month
A documentary premiere of Autism Yesterday
When: April 17th, 2008
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: The Arc of Clark County
6511 NE 18th Street - Vancouver (just west of 18th Street and Andreson)
Produced by Generation Rescue
Dr. Leigh Ann Chapman will be here with us to view the premiere and will be available for Q & A, and discussion. This documentary is important for all families living with with autism especially in light of the recent press release in which the American Academy of Pediatrics stated they will be working with Defeat Autism Now! (ARI) regarding treatment and research.
Childcare will be provided on site for $7.00 per child. Our providers (Heather Schwartz and Laurie Mix) are both highly experienced with both children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children.
If your child is on a specific diet that you provide a snack for your child if your child will need one.
Munchies will be provided. Tissue will also be provided, as I am sure there will be some tears shed during this emotionally powerful, educational, and enlightening evening.
A donation box will be set up for contributions to be given to both Generation Rescue for their continued worldwide advocacy and effort to help heal our children through practical knowledge, and to ARC for their continued advocacy (both national and local) for all children and adults with disabilities. Thank you to Generation Rescue for Autism Yesterday, and thank you to ARC for donating the space to allow this important information to be disseminated to help our children.
Please RSVP to email@example.com if possible by April 14th. Please title the subject line when RSVP'ing, RSVP to help me keep my sanity :-). Please be prompt. We will begin viewing at 6:15 thus allowing an hour plus for Q & A and discussion. Thank you.
Jumping Marathon at Pump It Up in Beaverton, OR. 9665 SW Allen Blvd. #110, Beaverton, OR 97005. The event will be held on Friday, April 11th, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Get your friends together for a Sock Squad and plan to have a jumping good time! Register on-line HERE
6th Annual Autism Walk-a-thon
Sunday, April 13, 2008, Oaks Park, www.autismwalkathon.com
Autism Ball to benefit the Autism Society of Oregon
Friday, April 18th, Portland Hilton Grand Ballroom, 7:00 to 12:30 p.m.
School of Autism Dinner & Auction to support the school's expansion including 2200 sq ft of added space to accommodate 1st and 2nd grades and two new therapy rooms! April 26th, 2008 at 6 PM at the historic Benson Hotel. Music, auction, wine and extravagant Buffet. Call 503-283-9603 to purchase tickets. For more info on this unique and wonderful school: www.schoolofautism.com
Sean's Run from Autism sponsored by the Autism Research and Resources of Oregon, www.arroautism.org. To be held on Saturday, April 26th, Oaks Park, Portland.