Friday, March 19, 2010

Good News Friday!

In order to highlight the growing incidence of autism and the need for information about it, April has been designated as National Autism Awareness Month.

In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported its new national autism prevalence rate as 1 in 110 children. In Colorado, the rate is 1 in 133. This makes autism one the nation’s fastest growing medical conditions, one that is growing faster than the rates of pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.

There are several local events next month designed to increase awareness of autism, and I encourage you to consider attending one (or more) of the events.

On April 5, from 7 to 8:30 PM, Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented, in association with the Autism Society of Boulder County will present: Temple Grandin, PhD, speaking on Giftedness and Autism: How to Develop the Child’s Strengths. Click here for more information.

On April 22, from 6 to 8 PM, Bounce for Autism will raise money to improve the lives of all living with autism. Click here for more information.

And on April 24, starting at 10:00 AM, the Autism Speaks Walk for Autism will take place in Commerce City. Click here for more information.


  1. Thank you for posting the upcoming events. I appreciate the new stat on the ratio.
    I received this yesterday in an email, I found it interesting.

    "Late yesterday, in a historic vote, the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the health-care reform bill. This is exciting news for the Autism Society and families affected by autism. Once the bill is signed by President Obama, which is expected to happen early this week, the new law will be a great step towards ensuring that all people with autism have access to health-care. The bill will require coverage for habilitative care as well as behavioral health treatments."

  2. Thanks for your comment Tabitha. It is important for us to continue to recognize progress.