A new report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control states that diagnosis rates for autism and autism spectrum disorders continue to climb. According to the new CDC data, one in 88 children born today in America may be diagnosed with an ASD. That represents an increase of 25 percent since numbers were last tallied in 2006. While there is no known ‘cure’ for autism at this time, researchers continue to look for the cause of what many are calling an ‘epidemic’ with millions of individuals and families affected.
This study is released just in time for Autism Awareness Month in April, a nationwide effort to raise awareness and understanding of this complex condition. Unfortunately, “too many children are not getting the intensive, evidence-based intervention they need to maximize their potential,” wrote Karen Huber, admissions coordinator of the Y.A.L.E. School, in a letter to newspaper editors that references the new CDC report. Huber wrote, “High quality, effective special education offers a lifetime of benefits and is an investment not only in the future of children with autism, but the future of their parents, extended family members, and friends.”
In New Jersey, where rates of autism diagnosis are higher than the national average, the Y.A.L.E. School continues its 35 year track record of providing effective educational programming and behavioral interventions for students on the autism spectrum. With campuses expanding to meet demand, the Y.A.L.E. School hopes to make a difference in the lives of these students and to help prepare them for life beyond school as productive members of the community.