Top Reasons Autism Community Needs Centers of Excellence Oriented Care

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There are more resources than fixes. The Autism Community is challenged with information overload, and critical services being under provisioned. Here are some of the top reasons why we are dedicated to ushering in a new era in Autism Support.

  1. Families of Autism patients face a host of unexpected educational, emotional, social and economic challenges, with a child that can not always communicate what they are feeling and finding available, credible and useful resources is often an insurmountable task.  
  2. CDC has found a 15% increase in prevalence nationally: to 1 in 59 children, from 1 in 68 in the last 2 years.
  3. Families with autistic children face on average 4.1 – 6.2 times greater medical related expenses than families with neurotypical children.
  4. Of $400M spent annually in US research, most is spent on genetic testing and early intervention, less than 2% is spent on critically needed Child to Adult Autism services.
  5. There is no cure for autism spectrum disorder patients, nor is there medication to treat it. There is medication to assist with the host of related symptoms including insomnia, depression, and seizures.
  6. Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects estimated 30-61% of children who face trouble focusing on tasks or in school. Behavioral problems with anxiety disorders affect 11-40% of school age children on the autism spectrum. 
  7. Safety issues are a concern for diagnosed and un-diagnosed Autism Patients: nearly 50% wander away from safety. 90% of deaths associating with wandering from safety is drowning.
  8. Study of parents with children with ASD indicated that most had unmet service needs for services (93.5%) and faced barriers to access them (82.7%).
  9. Parenting a child with autism is stressful for a 2 parent family, its even more challenging when single parenting as a child with special needs requires extra challenges around behavior, diet, routine, education, day care, safety, and social issues. Negative emotions are normal, and for a single parent, finding a support outlet, time away, and even mental health resources are imperative.
  10. Social interaction and behavioral outbursts are a challenge with diagnosed and un-diagnosed Autism Patients where 75% of children between ages of 6-15 are bullied, and 28 % of 8-year-olds exhibit self-injurious behaviors like head banging, arm biting and skin scratching.
  11. Services for adults with autism, even more so as their care givers age. Schizophrenia affects between 4-35% of adults with autism, compared to 1.1% of the general population. 

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