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Every April is Autism Awareness Month, beginning with the UN recognized World Autism Awareness Day, April 2. Every April local, national, and international autism organizations hold conferences, events, and awareness campaigns designed to keep individuals with autism and their families on the minds of community, state, and national leaders as well as the general public. This year, of course, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation or postponement of many of those events...

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In Wisconsin, at least one child is diagnosed with autism every day. What is Autism? Autism is the most prevalent developmental disability - affecting more children than cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hearing loss, and vision impairment. In fact, more children will be diagnosed with autism than with childhood leukemia, diabetes, and cancer combined. Adults with autism continue to face challenges integrating into adult life after special education services end.

Friends of Autism was established in 2000 as the only autism charity in Wisconsin dedicated to raising money to fund autism research, awareness, and education. Friends of Autism is powered by volunteers and relied upon by families and professionals throughout the state.

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WORKING TO SOLVE THE MYSTERIES OF AUTISM

Friends of Autism is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 by John and Karen Sauer, parents of a child with autism, and friends who passionately believe children with autism deserve to be a public health priority. That is why we are called "Friends" of Autism. Friends of Autism's IRS form 990 is available on request. We are committed to autism research, awareness, education and to offer our family grant program.

  

WHAT IS AUTISM?

Autism is a developmental disorder which is being diagnosed much more frequently today than it was ten years ago. Previously autism was thought to be a rare condition, occurring in two to five out of every ten thousand births. Currently, the CDC estimates the incidence to be approximately one in every fifty nine births. It is not clear why there is such a large increase in the percentage of new cases every year since the early 1990s. Some theorize that it is because the diagnostic criteria has been broadened, or that there is a better awareness and identification of new autism cases, while others theorize that there is a true increase in the actual incidence, related to some environmental factor.

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FRIENDS OF AUTISM NEWS

  • Next Event: 3rd Annual Bowl-4-Autism

    Next Event: 3rd Annual Bowl...

    Sunday, January 19, 2020    Author: smithdscott@att.net

    Join us for our 3rd Annual Bowling-4-Autism event on March 1, 2020.  Registration is now open »
  • Recent Study Finds One Quarter of Children With Autism Are Undiagnosed

    Recent Study Finds One Quar...

    Sunday, January 19, 2020    Author: smithdscott@att.net

    Despite increased awareness in recent years, one quarter of young children on the autism spectrum remain undiagnosed – many of them in minority commu...
  • Friends of Autism Family Grant Program Reaches Families Facing Unexpected Expenses Due to Autism

    Friends of Autism Family Gr...

    Sunday, January 19, 2020    Author: smithdscott@att.net

    The Friends of Autism Family Grant Program provides direct support to families dealing with the financial burden that an autism diagnosis can create. &...

ORDER YOUR COPY OF "LEROY BUTLER IS LEAPING INTO YOUR KITCHEN AGAIN!" BROUGHT TO YOU BY FRIENDS OF AUTISM.

Signed copies are $20 each plus $2.00 shipping. Contact Scott Smith at smithdscott@att.net or 414-530-6424. Cash, Checks (payable to Friends of Autism) or major credit card gladly accepted.

I am personally touched that you bought my cookbook. This cookbook could not have been possible without all of the wonderful people that have contributed their time, stories, recipes and support to me. I would like to personally thank each of them for their contribution.LeRoy Butler

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