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Autism Society of East TN recently received this request for survey participation in an autism research project.
Hello. My name is Kevin Carroll. I am a student at Yorktown High School in Westchester County, NY.
In doing background research on strategies for helping children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I found that there is a lot of research on stress in caregivers of children with autism and on support groups. What struck me was that there are very few support groups that emphasize the reduction of parental stress, which may weaken treatment outcome for both the child and the parent. My goal is to address this gap in research.
In order to achieve my goal, again, I need your help in reaching out to the members of your support group. Completion of the survey is anonymous and voluntary.
I am hoping that this research may help us to design a new model of autism support groups and parental training workshops, which will hopefully address a myriad of issues that families with autism face.
Here is the link to the Survey. If you have any questions and/or would like to receive the results in the upcoming months, please email me or email my teacher, Mr. Blueglass.
Thank you very much,
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.
On October 24, ASA-ETC hosted parents and professionals interested in learning more about instructional techniques, financial planning, social skills, and other topics related to autism spectrum disorders.
Formerly held at a different Knox County high school each year, the 2015 Knoxville Autism Education Conference took place at the UT Conference Center. Guests were impressed with the professional layout and preparation of the sessions, luncheon, and exhibits.
"We've had very positive feedback on the new venue and the added professionalism of this year's conference, ” Margaret Stanley, ASA-ETC Executive Director noted. "We had some incredible speakers sharing information that we feel confident will help parents navigate their way and help professionals better serve individuals on the spectrum."
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