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Autism Rates on the Increase

Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at 3:03 PM

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The condition known as autism - or the more clinical term Pervasive Developmental Disorder - is on the rise at an alarming rate, according to some medical authorities. The Autism Society of America says the rate of autism growing by between 10 and 17% a year, and that within the next decade some four million Americans could be afflicted with some degree of the disorder. While the medical community tries to understand and combat rising instances of autism, many families of autistic persons struggle just to cope. ideastream's Dena Mooty has this report.

The Ohio Autism Taskforce will hold its third regional forum in Northeast Ohio on Thursday, July 8, 2004, at the Joseph E. Cole Center for Continuing Education, 3100 Chester Ave., on the campus of Cleveland State University. The afternoon session is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. The evening session is scheduled from 6:30-9 p.m. The charge of the Ohio Autism Taskforce (OAT) is to investigate the rising incidence of autism, a developmental disability, in Ohio and to present legislative public policy recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly and the governor to address gaps in the delivery of services to individuals with autism. Parents, educators, practitioners, service providers and other interested parties are strongly encouraged to come to the regional forum to present testimony on how to do a better job in providing services to individuals with autism. Testimony will be limited to the general topic of services for individuals with autism. Written testimony is encouraged, but not required. Depending on turnout, testimony may be time limited.

Additional Information

* Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism
* Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disorders
* Monarch Services of Bellefaire

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