Better Late Than Never

The last edits on Another Time Around are off to the final line editor, and galleys for Let’s Dish haven’t arrived. So today I finally find myself between projects. Which finally gives me the chance to talk about something near and dear to my heart.

April 2nd was Autism Awareness Day, and April is Autism Awareness Month. Here are a few facts about Autism Spectrum Disorders:

  • 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism
  • 1 in 94 boys is on the autism spectrum
  • 67 children are diagnosed per day
  • A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

My oldest son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was seven. We had a longer road than some, as he was diagnosed later than most children.

Despite what some celebrities are claiming, there is no cure for autism. No magic diet that makes everything all better.  There are therapies that can help these children function in a typical world, but there is so much research that needs to be done to help discover the cause and stop this thing from taking more children’s lives and turning them upside down.

To learn more about Autism, or to help find a cure, here are a few links:

Autism Speaks

Autism Society of America

Autism Research Institute

Autism Link

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation

VH1 Rocks Autism


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