With prevalence rates increasing exponentially, we must admit to the number of families in our workforce impacted by raising children with disabilities.
"Lost parental income is of particular concern. “This makes it imperative that we examine how high-quality intervention can help allow parents to stay in the work force,” Dr. Mandell says. “It also suggests we need policies that make the workplace friendlier to families of children with disabilities.”
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.