A new study, performed by the CDC, estimates 1 in 88 children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is a neurological disorder affecting 3 areas of concern: communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors. From the 88 children estimated, 1 in 54 boys are identified with ASD. This is a crisis and more research is needed to determine the causes and better screening techniques. Early intervention is imperative to the success of ASD children. As this epidemic grows, ASD children grow and become adults. More research and governmental aid is needed to help the children and families already afflicted.
Knowlege is power. To learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder go to www.autismspeaks.com. You can help. The Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center Inc. (ASRC) and ASCONN are two, in state, organizations dedicated to providing support to families of children with ASD. For parent advocacy, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center is a great resource to help families weed through special education law, evaluations, Individualized Education Plans (IEP) etc.
The Connecticut State Department of Education offers eligibility requirements, explains the PPT process and outlines a child's entitlement to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).