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At the end of March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new statistics that show the prevalence of autism is much higher than previously thought. The revised the Centers estimate places autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls) -- including a much higher than previously recognized number of minority children.
“The CDC numbers are alarming, yet they don’t begin to tell the story of the real families, real individuals struggling every day,” said Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr. “From fighting to get a diagnosis and secure appropriate educational services and therapies, to trying to manage tremendous financial and emotional burdens or find a satisfying job opportunity, families are engaged in a daily battle against this disorder. We need to marshal the same resources and attention that the government has devoted to other diseases and disorders and finally make this a fair fight.”
In 2011, GreaterGood.org began new charitable partnerships with the Autism Speaks, National Autism Association, and Lekotek to help provide more services to families coping with autism as well as research into its causes. The GreaterGood.org grants to these organizations are funded through the "Click Here To Give" program and other contributions from The Autism Site as well as the Gifts That Give More [tm] program.