From the Wires
Alarming Increase in Autism Brings Together Parents, Researchers and Clinicians from Around the World to Discuss Current Treatment Options and Research
Oct. 6, 2008 11:41 AM
The Autism Research Institute states that many of those diagnosed with autism have underlying medical disorders that are amenable to treatment
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A child is diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes. Autism has become more common in our children than cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one in every 94 boys suffers with autism. Autism affects children from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds; it places a tremendous economic burden on affected families and society at large, costing up to $3.2 million dollars per child for a lifetime of care and over $35 billion in annual societal cost.
The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is the oldest autism research organization in the world and was the first organization to call attention to the alarming increase in autism. ARI is now the hub of an international network of parents, clinicians, and researchers who are seeking answers about the causes of this dramatic increase in autism spectrum disorders and what can be done to help restore health to those affected. According to Dr. Stephen Edelson, Director of the Autism Research Institute, research is challenging the long-held view that autism is an incurable genetic disorder. "Many individuals with autism clearly have underlying medical conditions that impair their neurological, gastrointestinal, metabolic and immune systems. When these underlying problems are accurately diagnosed and treated, many of their behavioral, cognitive, and sensory symptoms improve, sometimes to the point of recovery from autism," states Edelson.
On October 24-26 hundreds of autism experts, parents and professionals from around the world will gather in San Diego to attend the Autism Research Institutes Defeat Autism Now! Conference. For more information or to register for the conference go to http://www.autism.com or http://www.defeatautismnow.com. To schedule an interview with the parent of a recovered child, clinician or researcher contact Lisa@autism.com
The Autism Research Institute was founded in 1967 by the late Dr. Bernard Rimland. It is the only autism organization specifically focused on biomedical treatments for the disorder. ARI is also the only national non-profit autism organization to receive the coveted "Four Star Award" from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management.
CONTACT: Lyn Redwood, +1-404-932-1786, or Matt Kabler, +1-619-281-7165, both of the Autism Research Institute
SOURCE Autism Research Institute