April and Autism: Awareness Month Continues

Tobi Burch

April is National Autism Awareness MonthAccording to a 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2010 – Autism affects an estimated 1 in every 68 children in the United States. That’s a 30 percent increase from 2008.

Autism remains the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism. There is no medial detection or cure. Autism is expensive for families, costing an average of $60,000.00 a year for care, education and medical intervention.

Recent data from the U.S. Department of Education has identified Oregon as having one of the highest rates of student autism in the nation. According to the government’s numbers, 12 in every 1000 students (ages 6-17) in our state carry the diagnosis

The Autism Society of Oregon (ASO), a chapter of the Autism Society of America is working tirelessly throughout the state to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

Tobi Burch Rates, ASO’s Executive Director, carved out some time from her very busy Autism Awareness Month schedule to talk with PRP’s Community Voices about the work of the Autism Society of Oregon.

Tobi Burch Rates’ son is a filmmaker with a unique perspective.

His work is creative, entertaining and sometimes full of Playmobile stop motion animation. Check out his YouTube Channel. A new video is posted every day! And, he loves subscribers!

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