Els for Autism

I was really excited when Jim Colton first told me that he was broadening his One Divot efforts that he established in 2011 to include other great causes. My participation in the HHH will be to support Els for Autism. There is so much that is not known about autism from its causes, proper methods of treatment, to finding a cure that I'm happy to be a part of raising awareness and funds for this cause.

Els for Autism is committed to:

1. Funding scientific research aimed at understanding Autism and developing knowledge-based treatments with the intention of finding a cure.

2. Funding Centers of Excellence which include all of the following:

• Educational programs for students age 3-21 years
• A services component of doctors, speech therapists and other specialists
• An on-site research center
• A continuing services program for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and unbelievably 1 in 54 boys in the United States. This represents a 10 fold increase in prevalence over the past 40 years. Part of this increased prevalance is due to better diagnosis and awareness but not enough to conclude that other factors are not in play. Part of the difficulty in treating autism is that each individual with autism is unique. Some may display excellent ability in very specific areas such as music, visual skills, or academic skills. About 40 percent have average to above average intellectual abilities and about 25 percent of individuals with autism are nonverbal but can learn to communicate using other means.

It's interesting to note that more children are affected by autism than by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome combined. Over 2 million individuals in the US and tens of millions worldwide are affected. However, autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases and there is no medical detection or cure for autism. Prevalence rates have increased up to 17% annually in recent years and there is no agreed upon explanation for the increase although environmental factors are suspected.

I appreciate your support for this great cause! Thanks!

Jeff

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