Thanks to WVLT for covering ASDhub yesterday with this article! We're so excited about this new resource and how it's going to improve the lives of those impacted by autism in East Tennessee!
ABLE TN is the new state program that offers families and individuals new options to fund expenses incurred by disabled individuals.
Response from Autism Society of America
November 13, 2015
The National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released the results of a new parent survey announcing an autism prevalence rate of 1 in 45. The new numbers are higher than 1 in 68, but does not replace the official estimate of CDC released in March 2014. Researchers surveyed over 12,000 parents about health conditions, functional limitations, and health care access and utilization. Parents were asked if a health professional had ever diagnosed their child with a form of autism and more than 2 percent said yes. Researchers estimate that to be to 1 in 45.
“Regardless of prevalence rates, we need to focus on ensuring all individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have access to much needed services and supports, because behind every number is someone who needs help today,” said Scott Badesch, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America. The Autism Society and our nationwide network of affiliates continue to be concerned with the increasing number of services needed to support families and individuals with ASD. We need to ensure people with autism can obtain employment, appropriate housing and the ability to pursue goals and aspirations of their choosing.
Far too many unnecessary obstacles are placed in the path of many individuals living with ASD, especially adults. Services and supports are not available and accessible to all who need them. Families spend years at a time attempting to secure even the most basic of services to maximize the quality of life for loved ones. Waiting lists for services are long. How do we fix it? That’s where we need to focus our attention. At the end of the day, all that matters is people with an autism diagnosis are afforded the basic right to maximize his or her quality of life and live in a world where they are always respected, valued and assured the highest dignity. The Autism Society remains committed to improving the quality of lives of those with autism across the entire lifespan.
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The autism pilot program at Maryville College is making headlines as the need for autism support services for children and families continues to grow.
We were so thrilled to be featured on yesterday's Live At Five At Four! Many thanks to WBIR for their support in spreading the word about our May 1 fundraiser at the Shrimp Dock to raise funds to support children and all individuals affected by autism in East Tennessee.
April 21, 2015 Live at Five at 4 2nd Annual Rock Around the Dock for Autism will be held at The Shrimp Dock in Bearden from Friday, May 1 6:30 – 10:00pm. The Shrimp Dock 5210 Kingston Pike $50 per person www.asaetc.org
Thanks to the Knoxville News Sentinel for bringing spotlight to our LEGO Club with this article!