To the Editor:
The Center for Disease Control has published its latest statistics on the incidence of autism in the United States and the figures are quite alarming. The incidence has increased to 1 in 88 children. While some of the increase may be attributed to improved awareness, better diagnoses, or diagnostic substitution, these new figures present a good case for a true increase in the number of children with autism.
Among the most pressing concerns for parents and educators of children with autism is the lack of attention given to the needs of these children once they become adults and continue to require support and specialized services. While research on causes and cures for autism is vital and will make for a better future, services for those who live with the disability are essential today.
More than ever, families, school districts, and human service providers are searching for information on how to best support individuals with autism. Armed with these alarming figures and more than 35 years experience in education, employment, residential, and outreach programs, Eden Autism Services encourages readers to learn more about organizations like Eden and the important role they play in improving the lives of children and adults with autism.
Anne S. Holmes, M.S., C.C.C., B.C.B.A.
Chief Clinical Officer, Eden Autism Services
Carol Markowitz, M.A., M.Ed.
Chief Operating Officer, Eden Autism Services