Autism Essay

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What We Can Do For Autism Kimberly Lepkowski Kaplan University CM220-05 Professor Feraldi March 4, 2012 What can we do for Autism? Just imagine if your child was diagnosed with Autism or some form of Autism. What would you do? Stacy did not know either until her child was. Kayla is a 10 year old girl in the 5th grade that faces discrimination every day, just because she has Autism. Kayla is picked on and called names such as; moron, stupid, and even retard. Kayla is a very bright and sweet young girl but, because she has this disability, she is not really understood or treated as equally as everyone else is. Having said this, why would people not directly affected need to know about Autism? According to the center for disease control, “Autism affects as many as 1 in every 110 children in the United States (Autism Speaks.com 2012).” Autism is a rapidly growing disorder not only for children but, for adults as well. It is best to educate our nation and others about Autism so, that people with any form of Autism are understood and treated equally. Having education centers in our nation is a way to educate people on this rapid growing disorder. “The following table, lists the number of children aged 6-21 in US Schools and the yearly percent increase since the introduction of DSM IV”( Newschaffer, Falb, & Gurney, nd). School Year | Students Autism | Percent Increase | 1994-95 | 22,780 | | 1995-96 | 28,813 | 26.48 | 1996-97 | 34.082 | 18.28 | 1997-98 | 42,487 | 24.66 | 1998-99 | 53,561 | 26.06 | 1999-00 | 65,391 | 20.86 | 2000-01 | 78,717 | 20.37 | 2001-02 | 97,847 | 20.61 | 2002-03 | 118,603 | 21.21 | 2003-04 | 140,922 | 18.81 | Having done a lot of research on Autism, and only having found educational centers inside of our

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