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April is Autism Awareness Month. What Are You Doing to Get Involved?

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Did you know that autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder?  In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionestimates that

(ASD)  Autism Spectrum Disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls.  One in every fifty-four boys is identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The largest increases in identifying children on the spectrum occurred in Hispanic and African American children.

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0329_autism_disorder.html

Unfortunately, autism is also the most underfunded developmental disorder (http://nationalautismassociation.org/resources/autism-fact-sheet/). 

A number of private and non-profit organizations are working to help individuals and families affected by autism identify available services.  Please visit the following organizations for additional information:

            Autism Society : http://www.autism-society.org/

            Autism Speaks:  http://www.autismspeaks.org/

            Autism Awareness: http://www.autismawarenessonline.com/

            Autism Research Institute:  http://www.autism.com/

What can you do to help?

  1.  Get involved – find a non-profit organization helping individuals and families affected by autism and volunteer!
  2. Make a financial donation to a non-profit organization helping children and their families affected by autism
  3. Educate yourself and others!  Autism is treatable – learn more and share information!So – what are you going to do to help raise awareness in April?

 

 

 

 

Andy Norfleet represents Social Security disability claimants in Pennsylvania.  Andy edits a monthly newsletter of various Social Security disability topics and speaks to a variety of service providers in the Central Pennsylvania region on how to better prepare their clients for the Social Security disability process.  Andy lives in Northern York County with his wife and two children.

For more information about the Social Security disability process, please contact Andy directly at (717) 737-7574 or [email protected]

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