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Autism in the News - 04.03.12

'Light it Up Blue' for Autism Awareness (Lynnfield Patch)
The following is an opinion piece by State Senator Katherine Clark: Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen to 1 in 88 children. Read more.

White Knuckle Parenting: Happy Autism Awareness Month! (Silver Spring Patch)
April is autism awareness month. It's easy to assume that with 1 in 88 children diagnosed, everyone is already aware of autism. What is lacking is understanding. This is why autism awareness month still matters. Read more.

Starting School, With Autism (Huffington Post)
This week began with World Autism Awareness Day, created five years ago by the group Autism Speaks as a locus for fund-raising and spreading the word. It comes at the start to National Autism Awareness Month, which was created by Congress back in the 1970s. In commemoration of both, HuffPost Parents is looking at autism through the eyes of parents. Each day we will run an essay about a next stage of parenting a child with autism, starting with the moment of diagnosis, and going through school years, and teens, and entry into the adult world. Read more.

A Boy, Some Bullies and Autism (Stratford Patch)
I'd like you to meet my nephew, Jessie*. He loves planes and waterskiing and the Yankees. He goes to sleep-away camp in the summer and skis fearlessly in winter. The rest of the year he works hard to keep up with the other kids in his fourth grade class. He's fast with a hug, has the sweetest laugh, and just like any pre-teen, he gets a kick out of pulling a fast one over on his mom and dad. Read more.

On World Autism Day, There Are Still Families without Help (Huffington Post)
The CDC report on Autism was released on Thursday, detailing that it is now estimated that 1 in 88 children in the U.S. alone are on the Autism Spectrum. While some articles that I have read have labeled this "Alarmingly high," as the parent of a child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), I'm shocked that it took them so long to get to this conclusion, because it is a fact that many parents of children with autism already knew. Read more.