Washington, DC, October 09, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Autism Speaks National Capital Area announced this week that research published in Monday’s issue of the journal Pediatrics indicates that the prevalence of autism is one in every 91 children. This is more than has been previously reported by the Centers for Disease Control and independent research.
“Autism is a dramatically growing problem for our country,” stated Ann Gibbons, executive director of the Autism Speaks chapter. “We need answers. With numbers like these, autism must become everyone’s cause. We desperately need the financial support of everybody in the community. Everyone can make a difference.” Gibbons urged individuals to register and fundraise for the 2009 National Autism Walk to be held Saturday, October 31, 2009 on the National Mall. For information and to register visit www.NationalAutismWalk.org .
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are reported in one in 91 children in the United States and affect four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Wright also serves on the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, RAND Corporation and Mission Product, LLC. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visitwww.autismspeaks.org.