By Anne Dachel
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Mar 29, 2015, Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times Leader: April's focus is on Autism awareness
Mar 29, 2015, Deseret News (UT): School for kids with autism helps inside and outside the classroom
Mar 28, 2015, Desoto Times Tribune (Hernando MS): Light it up! Hernando students again kick off awareness
Mar 28, 2015, Lansing (MI) State Journal: David Meador: The autism crisis and Michigan
Mar 27, 2015, CDC Press Release: Announcement: Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Day
Mar 26, 2015, Gaston (NC) Gazette: No vaccinations, no school?
An increasing number of families face the challenges of raising children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a general term for a group of complex brain development disorders. According to the National Autism Association's website, ASD now affects 1 in 68 children and that number is growing.
"An increasing number". . .WHY? "That number is growing" . . .WHY? How bad is it going to get? Do we dare ask?
April is Autism Awareness Month, and several local organizations are sponsoring events geared at raising both money and awareness of a condition that sometimes seems to be unmanageable.
"Autism Awareness Month" . . . What are we supposed to be aware of? What's the money for?
The truth is, we're in the grip of an epidemic affecting our children with no known cause, prevention, or cure that is expected to get worse.
One in 54 Utah kids has autism - the second highest prevalence in the nation - and 1 in 4 cannot or will not speak. . . .
Research involving autism is ongoing and Hood said a lot of it, including the narrowing down of genetic susceptibility and possible environmental triggers, is promising. The research, however, is costly, as well.
"They are getting closer to identifying possible causes and that helps to build more effective intervention principles," Hood said.
The one undeniable fact here is that one in 54 Utah kids has autism.
NO ONE CAN SHOW US ONE IN EVERY 54 ADULTS IN UTAH WITH AUTISM.
That should have everyone scared.
Imagine the future when two percent of adults will have autism AND one in every four of them will be nonverbal.
The nightmare continues. When will it end?
Each year, Hernando High School forsakes its school colors of black and gold for a time and embraces the color blue.
Students did so again Friday to kick off Autism Awareness Month with its fourth annual "Light It Up Blue Hernando" rally in a packed Theron Long gymnasium on the school campus. . . .
National figures place the number of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder at one in 68, a number which experts are confident will increase when new estimates are released in April.
"Light It Up Blue" is part of the "Autism Speaks" national awareness effort. Blue is used because five times as many boys as girls are diagnosed with the disorder. A puzzle piece is also used as a symbol of autism to reflect the complexity and mystery surrounding autism and because autism affects each person differently, just as each piece of a puzzle is different.
I was expecting an updated autism rate soon (since officials usually coincide it with all the fun and frolic of April Autism Awareness month). I just didn't expect to hear about from a town in Mississippi.
Notice the tone here. Autism is just one big mystery. It's a disorder affecting children--and hey--they're "confident" new numbers will be even worse. AND NO ONE IS WORRIED AND NO ONE CARES.
We are living a nightmare.
David Meador board chair of the Autism Alliance of Michigan and is vice chairman of DTE Energy.
International Autism Awareness Day is Thursday, April 2. I call it a crisis, but why? With no known cause or cure, autism impacts 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys, (in Michigan) and the incidence rate continues to increase at an alarming rate.
That opening line by someone in the autism community is a no-brainer. (It should go further ...and demand answers, but this is good to see.)
The only thing what's changed regarding autism during the last 10 years is that the numbers are more horrific.
Millions wasted on dead-end research.
Nothing done to provide for the coming adults with autism.
Official still unconcerned and clueless.
Doctors taking credit for all the "better diagnosing"
Parents faced with bankrupting costs and limited resources.
April should be AUTISM ALARM MONTH!
April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 is World Autism Day. These observances offer the opportunity to highlight the increasing number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the substantial burden on families and health, educational and other support services, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the unique perspectives of those living with ASD.
ASD is a developmental disability that can cause major social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and usually last throughout a person's life (1). The cause of most cases of ASD is unknown, and there is currently no cure. CDC's most recent surveillance data indicate that about one in 68 children has been identified with ASD (2), which represents an almost 30% increase since the previous estimate in 2012. CDC has been active in documenting changes in the number and characteristics of children with ASD over the past decade. However, there remains an urgent need to continue research into causes of and effective interventions for ASD (3) and help children living with ASD to achieve their potential.
CDC, working with its state and academic partners, is committed to tracking the changing number and characteristics of children with ASD, researching what puts children at greater risk for ASD, and promoting early identification of children with ASD.
Notice the wording: "the increasing number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)." That's to make it clear that we don't know if there's actually MORE AUTISM. It may just be that doctors are just recognizing it in more children.
It's really hard to imagine that there's "an opportunity to celebrate the unique perspectives of those living with ASD" when I think of individuals like the 20 year old, nonverbal young woman I work with who's still in diapers, chews her fingernails down to nothing, and is in need of constant supervision. I'm sure that the phrase is there only to satisfy all those "neuro-diversity" folks out there.
The CDC cites the rate of one in 68, calling it the "most recent surveillance data." The truth is, that rate is based on children born in 2002.
Notice also the goals of the CDC when it comes to autism. They plan to keep "tracking the changing number" and look for risk factors, while calling for more early identification.
What's missing here is any recognition that this is a problem, let alone a crisis. There's absolutely no concern about an ever-increasing rate. These folks are not devoting themselves to finding the cause and stopping what is clearly an epidemic. There's no mention of regressive autism or the lack of a similar rate among adults.
The media will take their cue from this. If officials are satisfied that everything that can be done is being done, we all should be.
A Senate bill filed last week would bar parents of public school children from claiming religious beliefs as a reason not to vaccinate children against communicable diseases. Students enrolled in public school can currently be excused from receiving vaccinations for medical or religious reasons, the only immunization exceptions recognized by the state. The legislation, which is sponsored by Republican Sen. Jeff Tarte, would force unvaccinated children to be home-schooled or pay to attend private school. . . .
Public school students would be required to receive vaccinations against measles, mumps, rubella and other viruses or diseases recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu shots, which are currently optional for public school children, would also be mandatory for students.
If the state can take away parental rights when it comes to vaccine choice, what will be next?
And if all kids have to be vaccinated as a condition for attending school, will all adults have to be vaccinated as a condition for using public transportation and employment?
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.