This April we will be celebrating National Autism Awareness Month alongside hundreds of Autism Society affiliates and their communities! Learn more about what's in store for our area by visiting the NAAM website
Do you want to make a better world for autism? That’s what the Autism Society strives to do along with their many partners across the country and this April they will be celebrating the work being done by people with autism and autism advocates to improve the lives of all impacted by autism.
To learn more about the events happening in your state, please click the links below:
Here are some interesting facts regarding those who have or who care for those with autism:
- The lifetime cost of autism, for an individual who does not have an intellectual disability is $1.4 million and $2.3 million for an individual with autism and an intellectual disability. Most parents lack the financial resources to provide for the lifetime care and support of their son or daughter with autism. Federal and state assistance is needed, but there are severe gaps in this safety net. Individuals with autism need the ability to support themselves in their living environments. How do we make this happen? Learn more during National Autism Awareness Month.
- On average, mothers of children with ASD earn 35% less than mothers of children with another health limitation and 56% ($14,755) less than those mothers of children with no health impairments. This is likely due to the tendency of mothers to work less than full-time when caring for a child with a disability, due to a lack of community and home supports available. More has to be done to support families with autism. How can we make this better? Learn more during NationalAutism Awareness Month.
- Over 16% percent of people of disabilities are unemployed, almost double the rate of unemployment among people without disabilities. Some estimates put the number as high as 43%. How do we make this better? Learn more about how we are making the world better for autism by visiting our web page on National Autism Awareness Month.