"What's Going On?"
In 2007 the world was "shocked" to hear that the prevalence of Autism had increased to 1 in 150 kids. Late last night the results of a new study were released. Many of us in the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) world knew they'd find another increase and we assumed it would be 1 in 100. I think everyone was floored to read this:
That is a startling number. That is more than 1 %. It's scary. I'm scared. I'm scared for me and I'm scared for you, too.
These kids are going to grow up and need CARE. They need better access to services, better treatments, more acceptance from society and better options for living. We parents of kids with ASD won't be around forever and ALL we can think about it is "what's going to happen to my kid when I'm gone?" It's going to be up to our society to provide loving and acceptable living standards for our kids. The status quo is NOT gonna do it.
Did you know:
Incidence vs. Private Funding:
Leukemia = 1 in 25,000 / funding: $310 million
Muscular Dystrophy = 1 in 20,000 / funding: $175 million
Pediatric AIDS = 1 in 8,000 / funding: $394 million
Juvenile Diabetes = 1 in 500 / funding: $130 million
Autism = 1 in 91 / funding: $15 million
It's going to be up to ALL of us to make the world work for these kids as they get older. So, what are YOU gonna do about it?