Autism Awareness Leads To Autism Acceptance
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Autism Awareness Leads To Autism Acceptance

Autism Awareness Month.

Autism Awareness Leads To Autism Acceptance

In the US alone, over 3.5 million individuals are Autistic, with the prevalence of Autism having increased by approximately 120 percent from 2000 to 2010 (Autism-Society). A 2012 study revealed that approximately 65 percent of autistic kids and teens surveyed had reported being bullied (Interactive Autism Network). For this reason, it is important to be aware of Autism. Know the facts:

1. Roughly one percent of the world’s population has Autism Spectrum Disorder; one in 68 births in the United States.

2. Although approximately 88 percent of children diagnosed with Autism had a documented development concern before the age of two, over half remained undiagnosed until the age of three or later (CDC 2014 - 10-year span), delaying intervention.

3. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that individuals are distinct and unique, possessing various abilities and challenges, depending on where they are on the spectrum. For example, only a third of individuals with Autism are nonverbal.

4. Similarly to how there is not a uniform set of symptoms, there is not a single treatment plan that will be effective across the spectrum.

The way a treatment plan is established is usually by assessing the individual’s strengths and weaknesses then evaluating what should be done to help the individual based on methods that will work for him/her; the hope of treatment is to lead them to less disruptive behavior and teach self-help, allowing for greater independence. Autism is a lifelong condition, but with proper intervention/treatment, Autistic individuals will grow and reach their full potential.

5. There is still a lot to learn about Autism and what we can do help. “Autism Awareness leads to Autism Acceptance.”

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