Following the release of the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the prevalence of autism among school-age children, Areva Martin, Esq. Special Needs Network’s president and co-founder calls for more action.
“The Centers for Disease Control confirmed on March 27, 2014 that our nation is facing an epidemic when it comes to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and our children. A staggering increase in diagnoses of 30 percent since 2008 must be a wake-up call to our national and local policymakers, community leaders and advocates. With one in every 68 children and one in 42 boys being impacted by autism, we must improve resources so that children are diagnosed earlier, particularly African American and Latino children whose diagnoses often lag by two to four years. We know that early diagnosis and subsequent treatment can make a world of difference for a child. We must demand that funding for research increases to ensure advancements offset the prevalence, as indicated by the CDC’s announcement. We are witnessing a significant deficit when it comes to supporting children and families faced with autism. Let’s use this news as a call-to-action to push forward. We cannot and should not, sit back, hear the news and do nothing. For the sake of every life behind this latest statistic, we must support efforts to address the challenge placed before us. As a mother of a child on the spectrum and a children’s rights advocate, I know firsthand that our children are counting on us; letting them down is not an option.” – Areva Martin, Esq.
ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK
Special Needs Network is based in Los Angeles and is California’s leading grassroots autism advocacy organization. SNN was established to help individuals and families faced with autism and other developmental disabilities. The organization focuses on raising public awareness, impacting public policy, increasing education and access to resources for families, children and adults.
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