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April is National Autism Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that autism spectrum disorder continues to be the fastest-growing developmental disability in the country, and the numbers are staggering. Approximately one in every 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism.  

With numbers like these, it is likely everyone knows someone impacted by autism.  

During National Autism Awareness Month in April, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health stands at the forefront to support, and strongly advocate for, individuals and families living with autism, putting them on a path of greater independence and involvement within their communities.  

“As the number of individuals with autism we interact with on a daily basis increases, we all need to lend our compassion and support to help these individuals unlock their full potential not only to enrich their own lives, but ours, as well,” said Devereux’s Executive Director of Autism Services Dr. Todd Harris. “Raising awareness in April is a great start, and extending that interaction and support all year round is even more important.” 

Autism spectrum disorder at a glance

The CDC states that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.  

Additional CDC statistics reveal the staggering reach of autism:

  • About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder.
  • ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
  • ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (one in 42) than among girls (one in 189).
  • About one in six children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. 

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Devereux services cover the lifespan

For more than 60 years, Devereux has been a leading provider of autism services for children, adolescents and adults. Over time, the nonprofit organization has made clinical advancements – and incorporated the needs of families and behavioral healthcare professionals – to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals with ASD at all stages of life. Services follow evidence-based strategies, such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Applied Behavior Analysis. Programs include:  

       Children and adolescents

      Transition-age young adults 

  • Stand-alone transition programs providing instruction and support across work, community and home environments for students ages 18 and older to assist them with the transition to adulthood.  

      Adults

“At every point on the autism spectrum, individuals and families living with autism need innovative programs and services to help them enhance quality of life and achieve productive, positive and socially connected lives,” noted Harris. “At Devereux, we partner closely with parents, schools and communities to help make this a reality.” 

Click here to learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s autism programs and services.

  

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