By Linda West Conforti RN | Founder of Angels In Waiting
All eyes on Autism Please
How Common is Autism? For many years autism was rare - occurring in just five children per 10,000 live births. However, since the early 1990's, the rate of autism has increased exponentially around the world with figures as high as 60 per 10,000. Boys outnumber girls four to one. In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism. **New 2009 CDC reports 1 out of every 110 children, and several other respectable autism foundations has statistics as high as * 1 out ever 91 children (1 out of every 60 boys) is diagnosed with autism. The world is facing a pandemic of a different source. The most puzzling thing about autism is how much we don't know about autism. This is why our foundation; Autism Resource Interventions an affiliate of Angels in Waiting a 501(c)3 foundation has embarked upon an expansive website, providing early intervention therapies, and a resource information for families across our nation. Families will be able to communicate with train therapists and healthcare providers through Skype. Interact with other parents who have children that are on the spectrum to exchange pertinent information, which seems to be helping their autistic child cope in a social world. Through extensive research, we will link families, and practitioners, through the convoluted maze of autistic websites,and navigate them to websites that are informative and helpful. Why we have made a drastic change from our original platform request for funding because we understand; Age and early intervention therapies has a direct impact on outcome--typically, the earlier a child is treated, the better the prognosis will be. In recent years there has been a marked increase in the percentage of children who can attend school in a typical classroom and live semi-independently in community settings. However, the majority of autistic persons remain impaired in their ability to communicate and socialize. Our goal is to reach out through the Internet and social networking sites and reach families that need early intervention therapies. ARI will provide these therapies in the comfort of our clients home and help direct families to health care professionals that are trained in autism identification and treatment modalities within their geographical area.
Thank you for supporting our mission, in light of the current statistics on autism, and innovative technologies such as Skype. Our foundation decided to not only reach out to families that have children on the spectrum in our own neighborhood but to reach out to families with children that are on the spectrum in all neighborhoods. Our website s will be launched- up and running by March 24th 2010. Our current domain names are; www.Helpingautisticchildren.com, www.helpingautismchildren.com www.autismhelponline.com www.theautismwhisper.com feel free to log on and to see our webmaster at work.
Thank You for Making a Difference in the Life of a Special Needs Child!
By Jackie Peebles MA. Ed | Special Discoveries Educator
The faces of children your donations have helped.
Today we are looking at many more families who have children on the autism spectrum. The statistic show that 1 out of 150 are on the spectrum. There are new bills being proposed as we speak to congress and the senate to help families with obtaining the very needed services for their child. Through Global Giving it is our goal to be able to provide some of the very needed services to families who are not able to afford them now, and the insurance companies have not yet recognized the special services that are vital treatment for these children.
Families are looking daily for services that are affordable and valuable to help them reach their child and to be able to communicate with them. They want their children to be able to function in the normal world and through the donations that are received, families will be able to come to programs like RDI (relationship development integration) that has proven success in reaching these children and helping them learn about why it is important to do the common daily tasks asked of them each day. Training for this program is costly, and through the donations people like you can help these children get the help they need. Donations will help send more professionals to the RDI training which will allow more families to learn about these viable services for their child. Your donations will also allow training professionals in the field of autism to work one-on-one with the children. Let's help these children who need to have a childhood filled with happy, and fun memories. Thank you for you continued support.
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