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The Congressional Autism Caucus hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on the recently announced increase in the prevalence of autism and a related study showing how the costs to society and individual families for autism care have soared. The briefing was conducted as Congress weighed budget measures that could cripple the ability of the federal government to continue tracking the growth in autism.

March Madness took on a whole new meaning for Autism Speaks! We were gearing up to Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day with exciting intiatives across all of our departments. March also closed out with the release of the CDC's new prevalence numbers that came with a lot of Autism Speaks activity - everything from television appearances, blog posts, newspaper editorials, testimonies, and live chats!

Take a minute to catch up on March!

The CDC’s new estimate of autism prevalence – 1 in 88 children in the United States – demands that we recognize autism as a public health emergency and national priority warranting immediate attention. For perspective, more children are affected by autism in this country than by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.