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Every 11 Minutes a New Person is Diagnosed with Autism

Mishawaka, IN, April 19, 2013 --( Lighthouse Autism Center, an ABA therapy center for children with autism, has partnered with WNDU and Sunny 101.5 for the month of April to do an unprecedented public service announcement campaign to increase Autism Awareness.

“We are excited to be partnering with three community leaders, WNDU, WSBT and Sunny 101.5, for the month of April,” said Gregg Maggioli, Lighthouse Autism Center’s Executive Director. “This is an important part of our mission to help families in the area living with autism. We know first-hand that autism impacts the entire family as well as the community.”

Lisa DelPrete, Family Outreach Coordinator at Lighthouse Autism Center, says, “For years I have been advocating for my own child who has autism. Personally, I know the struggles the families living with autism in this area face. It is important to me that this April (Autism Awareness Month) we raise awareness about signs and symptoms as well as that there is hope for these children.”

Starting April 1, 2013 Sunny 101.5 will be running the Lighthouse Autism Center public service announcements throughout the day for the entire month. will provide a link on their homepage for autism signs and symptoms as well as multiple commercials during the news, Today Show and Live with Kelly and Mike.

About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders–caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 50 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum, every 11 minutes a new person is diagnosed with autism. (

In the state of Indiana there are more than 17,000 children between the ages of 3 and 21 on the autism spectrum. (According to the Indiana Resource Center of Autism.)

About Lighthouse Autism Center
Lighthouse is a truly unique and special place for children and families affected by autism. Lighthouse offers intensive daily one-on-one individualized ABA therapy that allows children access to peers, a state of the art facility, materials, highly trained professionals and full time BCBA supervision.

For more information please call 574.387.4313 or visit us on the web at
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Lighthouse Autism Center
Jennifer Shakeel

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