Why It Matters
The Center For Disease Control recently released a report that 1 out of every 68 children will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of every 42 boys will be stricken with the disorder, which has no known cause and no cure. Receiving the diagnosis often throws families into shock, looking for answers and help. Families of children diagnosed with an ASD often lack a source to find current information and available resources. Additionally, parents feel isolated and need the support of other families also struggling with the difficult decisions of what treatments are effective for autism. Once families have made a treatment decision, many are unable to provide financially for their child’s educational costs and are forced into untested programs. The Autism Resource Foundation helps families through the process of evaluating educational options, serving as a family support network, as well as offering assistance with the financial needs associated with the crisis of receiving a diagnosis of an ASD.