Essay about Autism And The Autism Spectrum Disorder

1358 Words Aug 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Autism it’s the one word that has the parents of young children on edge. Every year this developmental disability continues to grow at alarming rates. One out of every sixty – eight births in the United States results in a child being diagnosed with autism. Since the year 2000 autism rated have risen 119% and it is now the most diagnosed developmental disability in the world. There is no blood test, no scan, and no image that can detect autism (Whelan, D.L, 2009). Diagnosis relies on behavioral observation and screening. It is widely speculated that Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Andy Warhol, and even Bill Gates are on the autism spectrum. This developmental disability is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. Autism affects over 3.5 million Americans as of today. Due to the rising number of children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, it is important that all members of the community i.e. teachers, parents and, care givers understand the effects of autism and what causes it. Knowing the causes, symptoms, and possible treatments of autism will assist parents, care givers, and community members in the early identification of children who are diagnosed with autism. Based on current research from the CDC autism does not discriminate. It affects all racial and ethnic groups. One staggering fact about autism is that it affects white non- disability in the United States and it is growing at 14% per year Hispanic males at higher rates…

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