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How Autism Manifests Differently in Girls: What Families Need to Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010 The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network released data that showed “ASD prevalence…was 4–5 times higher among boys than girls” (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6302a1.htm). Questions remain as to whether there is a bias towards males, how autism is seen differently by gender, and why girls […]

How Supported Decision-Making Can Help Family Caregivers

Individuals with autism should have a choice in what happens to them throughout their lives. Too often, parents of children and adults with autism, intellectual, or developmental disabilities are advised – and often when their child is very young, long before it is possible to predict their future decision-making and independent living capacity – that […]

Helpful Financial Resources for Parents of Children with Autism

According to Autism Speaks, “The costs of providing care for each person with autism affected by intellectual disability through his or her lifespan are $2.3 million in the U.S.” According to Families USA, 60% of bankruptcies are due to medical debt. The Catalyst Center report “Breaking the Link” shows that 2 million families of children […]

Early Intervention Resources for Families with Young Children

Research shows that early intervention (birth – age three) improves outcomes for children with autism and other special needs. Two good resources for families are:   NECTAC (National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center) with an overview of early intervention, data, and contacts for programs in their state at www.nectac.org.   ECO (Early Childhood Outcomes) center […]