Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. Autism now affects 1 in every 88 children, a 10-fold increase from 40 years ago, according to statistics from the U.S Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). Studies also show that autism affects boys four to five times more than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 out of 252 girls is diagnosed with autism in the United States. By way of comparison, more children are diagnosed with autism each year than juvenile diabetes, AIDS, and cancer, combined.
To find out more information about Autism, to make a donation to the Autism Society, or to purchase an Autism awareness ribbon visit http://www.autism-society.org/about-us/national-autism-awareness-month/