April is Autism Awareness Month, which highlights the challenges, conditions and recent research surrounding this developmental disability. More than 3.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Autism encompasses a distinct group of complex developmental disabilities. Symptoms can range from very mild to severe, including difficulty with social behavior, communication deficits, fixated interests, and/or repetitive behavior.
- Approximately 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 for boys, and 1 in 189 for girls) is diagnosed with ASD in the United States.
- A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
- ASD affects children of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
- ASD can be reliably diagnosed by age 2.
For more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), click here.
More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Thirty-five percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or gone on to secondary education. Studies have shown that steady employment can help ease symptoms and improve functioning in daily living. Individuals with ASC can often make excellent employees due to their careful attention to detail and quality of work. They just need to be given the opportunity.
At PRIDE Industries, we are committed to making the adult years of individuals with disabilities as independent and fulfilling as possible – by providing an opportunity for something that many take for granted, the chance to be employed. Learn more about our People Services, click here.