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Autism in the News - 03.29.12

CDC: Autism is more common than previously thought (USA Today)
Autism rates continue to skyrocket, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released new figures today, showing a 23% increase from 2006 to 2008. One in 88 American children are now on the autism spectrum, the CDC said, up from 1 in 110. The figures are even higher for boys, with 1 in 54 8-year-olds now counted on the spectrum. Read more.

Mo. Twin Boys, 6, Drown Months Apart (Colony, Mo.)
A tiny northeast Missouri town is grieving once again after a 6-year-old boy with autism was found dead in a pond -- just months after his twin brother also drowned.The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that Christian Riley Baucom of Colony in Knox County was reported missing Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, Missouri State Highway Patrol divers found his body after a small pond was drained. Read more.

Michigan bills requiring autism coverage approved (Lansing, Mich.)
Michigan lawmakers have approved legislation that will require insurance companies to offer coverage for autism treatments. Read more.

Mackinac Bridge going 'blue' for autism month (Mackinaw City, Mich.)
The Mackinac Bridge will “Light It Blue” on Monday, April 2, to raise awareness for Global Autism Awareness Day. Read more.

Autism treatment unaffordable for many parents in Georgia (Georgia Today)
Despite recent efforts to raise awareness about autism in Georgia, the challenge of how to change public perceptions about this disease and provide affordable treatment still remains. To provide a deeper look into this challenge, Georgia Today has included two articles in this week’s issue prepared by Mari Khanjaliashvili and Rousan Safaryan. Read more.

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