There are many existing disabilities that affect people all around the world. While it is very unfortunate to be born with a disability, usually the person affected and their family adjust the best they can. One of the most common disabilities is autism, affecting 1 in 59 children (1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to autismspeaks.org , “Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.”
“The term ‘spectrum’ reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier. Autism Speaks urges parents with concerns to seek evaluation without delay, as early intervention can improve outcomes.”
According to autism-society.org , “In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 59 births in the United States – twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for their children. In June 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism is as great as $2.4 million.”
Unfortunately, some people see autism as a weakness that enables them to take advantage of the person affected. One case in particular made national news when two teachers were caught on tape treating a student with severe autism very poorly. No one could believe the devastating recordings that this child’s mother revealed.
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