World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) aims to shine a light on indivuduals with autism and the hurdles they struggle with every single day.
Autism affects approximately 1 out of every 150 children around the world. It is a neural development disorder that affects their ability to socialize normally by impacting their abilities to utilize verbal and non-verbal communication. There has been a 30% increase in autism diagnoses since 2012.
Individuals with autism or those who are on the autism spectrum struggle with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Individuals with autism also have unique differences and skills. There are many types of autism, caused by different genetic and environmental factors.
FACTS ABOUT AUTISM:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.
An estimated 50,000 teens with autism become adults – and lose school-based autism services – each year.
Around one third of people with autism remain nonverbal.
Around one third of people with autism have an intellectual disability.
Certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias.
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