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Autism Speaks

April 03, 2012

Autism Speaks is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its inaugural National Conference for Families and Professionals. This conference on Treating the Whole Person with Autism: Providing Comprehensive Care for Children and Adolescents with ASD will be held August 3 and 4, 2012, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, in Columbus, Ohio.

Population of People with Autism and Cost to Society Continue to Skyrocket; A National Public Health Crisis Requires a National Strategy

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today called on the nation’s elected and appointed leaders

March 29, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 29, 2012) Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today called on the nation’s elected and appointed leaders to immediately develop a new, coordinated strategy to take on a national public health emergency – the autism epidemic – in the wake of a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finding that autism is now diagnosed in a staggering 1 in every 88 American children.

April 02, 2012

New research estimates that autism’s costs to the nation have reached $137 billion per year. The figure expands on previous estimates by including indirect costs such as lost family income and productivity in addition to the direct costs of autism-associated care. For perspective, this national expense surpasses the individual gross domestic product (GDP) of 139 countries.

Please use independent judgment and request references when considering any resource associated with diagnosis or treatment of autism or its associated medical conditions. The following information is solely for educational purposes, not medical advice. It is not a substitute for care by trained medical providers. Autism Speaks is not engaged in the practice of health care or the provision of health care advice or services. For specific advice about care and treatment, please consult your physician.

Please use independent judgment and request references when considering any resource associated with diagnosis or treatment of autism or its associated medical conditions. The following information is solely for educational purposes, not medical advice. It is not a substitute for care by trained medical providers. Autism Speaks is not engaged in the practice of health care or the provision of health care advice or services. For specific advice about care and treatment, please consult your physician.

March 20, 2012

Goldman Sachs, in collaboration with Autism Speaks and the Child Development Centre of Hong Kong, will convene an international conference, Investing in our Future: The Economic Costs of Autism, on March 31. The conference will feature leading autism experts who will exchange views and research on autism economics including how access to appropriate and timely intervention can dramatically reduce economic costs to families and society.