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World Autism Awareness Day

The Burrell Autism Center is a regional leader in the care and treatment of Autism. Established with the mantra "where great kids grow and all kids are great," the Autism Center is committed to the highest quality care for our children, who need it most.

Burrell Autism Center provides the latest and most effective diagnostic and treatment interventions for children with an autism spectrum disorder. We work with families to identify and build on a child’s strengths and supports. We provide tools that aid families in understanding the unique strengths within their child and the barriers that their child faces when engaging in learning and relationships with others. We partner with parents to enhance their child’s connection to the world around them.

The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.

This year’s observance underscores the importance of affordable assistive technologies to support people with autism to live independent lives and, indeed, to exercise their basic human rights. Around the world, there are still major barriers to accessing such technologies, including high costs, unavailability and a lack of awareness of their potential.

Latest Info from the CDC:

  • About 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. [Read article]
  • ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. [Read summary External] [Read article]
  • ASD is about 4 times more common among boys than among girls. [Read article]
  • Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with ASD with an average prevalence of between 1% and 2%. [Data table Cdc-pdf[PDF – 232 KB]]
  • About 1 in 6 children in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. [Read ummary]


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