Autism Speaks 2014

Can you believe more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than AIDS, pediatric cancer and diabetes combined?

Good morning everyone,

I don’t often speak on here about personal matters, but this is a topic near and dear to my heart and so, I would like to ask for your help and support for Autism, in all it’s various forms.

As the mother of two boys with Aspergers and another that is suspected to have PDD or Aspergers, I am walking and joining the efforts to help raise money, awareness, and compassion for those with all forms of Autism! Yep, me and my bad self on forearm crutches will be walking along side my 15 yo son (he’s a proud Aspie, btw) in downtown Milwaukee in April 2014.

Autism is a complex brain disorder that often inhibits a person’s ability to communicate, respond to their surroundings or form relationships with others. Autism spectrum disorders affect people of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children. This news makes it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. And the numbers are still rising! Currently the cause of autism is unknown. There are no specific medical treatments or a cure for autism. Most people with autism require lifelong supervision and care. Only 7% of children with autism go on to be independent.

Recent studies suggest that more than 1 million Americans are living with an autism spectrum disorder. Despite the strikingly high prevalence of autism, autism research remains one of the lowest funded areas of medical research by both public and private sources. But funding for research is woefully inadequate. Only through biomedical research will we ever understand what causes autism and develop methods to diagnose autism. Someday, with your help, we will find a cure!

Please consider supporting our efforts both with financial support for the walk and by helping to educate others so wonderful people, like my boys, can be seen for who they are, not just the disorder they happen to have. They are so much more than that!

Below I have included both my (on left) donate button and RedWolf’s (right) donate button. Please help us make a difference for our family and for others like us that need support, education, a brighter future.

Thank you for supporting Autism Speaks. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.



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