When autism advocate Jane Grimes’ daughter was diagnosed with autism at age 6, the statistics of those with autism was one in 10,000. Now, nine years later, the national rate is one in 68 children according to a recently released CDC study. This is a 30 percent increase from the 2012 report.
Grimes said the increased rate is due to better diagnosis, significant environmental factors, a genetic component and the spectrum is broad.
“Indiana is still the seventh highest state in numbers in autism,” she said. “The numbers are soaring and they aren’t going to go away. There isn’t a cure.”
Grimes said the top three biggest challenges a family with autism faces are acceptance, the financial burden and support.
“As a parent it’s exhausting. You’re so caught up in the now that it’s hard to think of what the next journey is or what the future holds for not only your child with autism but the entire family,” she said. “So immersed in tackling and getting through the day or the week that we don’t spend the time you need to think about two weeks from now, let alone 10 years from now.” Continue reading