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April is Autism Awareness Month!

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. People with ASDs handle information in their brain differently than other people.

ASDs are "spectrum disorders." That means ASDs affect each person in different ways, and can range from very mild to severe. People with ASDs share some similar symptoms, such as problems with social interaction. But there are differences in when the symptoms start, how severe they are, and the exact nature of the symptoms.

Fast Facts from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): (http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html)

  • About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • ASDs are almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 54) than among girls (1 in 252).
·         More children than ever before are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
 

·         More children are being diagnosed at earlier ages—a growing number of them by age 3.                

  • This marks a 23% increase since CDCs last report in 2009 and a 78% increase since their first report in 2007.

Autism in LCPS:

In 2001 LCPS had 150 students receiving services as a student with Autism. In 2013, there were 964 students, a 564% increase in 12 years.

LCPS employs 82 autism teachers: 30 elementary, 26 middle and 26 high school.

The Administration Building has Autism facts and famous people with Autism posters in the hallways and corridors.

*Each school has planned a variety of different activities for Autism Awareness Month; please check your school websites for specific details.

Last Modified on April 4, 2013

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