The Rise in Autism
1980: 1 in 10,000
1995: 1 in 500
2001: 1 in 250
2004: 1 in 166
2007: 1 in 150
2009: 1 in 110
2012: 1 in 88
2014: 1 in 68
2015: 1 in 45*

In 2014, there were 1,082,353 cases of autism.

The estimate is 1 in 2 children will have autism by 2032, 80% of boys; according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Researcher, MIT.

* A new government survey finds that 2.24% of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with autism--or 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older. This new report is based on data collected during the yearly National Health Interview Survey, from interviews of parents about their children, and is the first report of the prevalence of autism in the U.S. to include data from the years 2011 to 2014, according to the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Autism is the leading developmental disability in the U.S.

Autism is more common than AIDS, cancer and diabetes combined.

The life-time cost to care for an individual with autism is estimated to range between $3.2 and $5 million, we think that estimate is low.

l  1% of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder1

l  Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4% from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68)2

l  Ratios,1 in 34 boys, 1 in 189 girls (CDC 2014)

l  Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

l  About 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder3

l  Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate4

l  10 - 17 % annual growth5

l  67 children are diagnosed every day (Autism Society 2007)

l  A new case is diagnosed almost every 8 minutes (Autism Society 2015)

1. Pediatrics, October 5, 2009, based on a National Children’s Health Survey done with 78,000 parents in 2007.

2. "Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, United States " Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 27, 2014.

3. Buescher et al,. 2014 researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

4. “Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Changes in the California Caseload, An Update June 1987 June 20007.” Cavagnaro, Andre T., California Health and Human Services Agency. State of California 2003 survey of developmental disabilities.

5. Autism Society estimate based on 2003 US state educational data




One in 50 children in Katy has been identified with
an autism spectrum disorder;

there is hope.

Katy Autism Support was founded in 2007 as a support group for caregivers of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder living in Katy, Texas.

Next Katy Autism Support Meeting: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Join Katy Autism Support for an evening of “Successful Advocacy”. Be fully ready to go back to school after the winter break with a new look at your child's IEP paperwork. Seasoned special education advocate Karen Mayer Cunningham will help you with time-tested tips, ideas, tools and communications that will provide a successful school year for your student.

Karen Mayer Cunningham of Restoration & Advocacy, attends and counsels parents in ARD meetings, assists with in home behavior modification, and negotiates with agencies to support children or adults with county, local, state or federal agencies, to bring additional support or services.

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Time: 7:00—9:00 PM

Location: St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Asbury Hall, 1st floor, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX

If you have any questions, please send an email to Cynthia at kgreeceman@aol.com.

Free childcare is available, RSVP the special needs ministry coordinator at sarahmorrison@sbcglobal.net for childcare no later than Friday, January 13, 2017.


Updated IDEA Manual

Newly updated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Manual 2016 for Parents and Students About Special Education Services in Texas. Everyone who has a child attending public school needs to download and read this manual from front to back. Familiarize yourselves with the information, knowledge, resources, and tools in this manual.
 


http://www.disabilityrightstx.org/uploads/IDEA_Manual_Fall_2016_with_SEARCH.pdf

RapidWristbands, https://www.rapidwristbands.com/, a Houston-based custom wristband maker has donated silicone autism awareness (I love someone with autism) and anti-bullying bracelets to Katy Autism Support and they are handed out to attendees until they run out, so be sure to pick one up at the next meeting.



CareStarter Connections App Launched 2015 in Houston, Texas:



CareStarter Connections App is a complete resource guide for families of kids with special needs, and best of all, it's free! The goal is to connect caregivers with providers, organizations and other resources in their community to help them along their path of care
The Connections App, powered by CareStarter Technologies®, facilitates the delivery of comprehensive, individualized, coordinated care at a time when caregivers need it most. To learn more, click on this link: 
http://carestarter.co/patients

 

Come Find Us:
Find us on Facebook by typing Katy Autism Support Discussion Group in your Facebook search bar or click on the link below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/485313608332178/

Beginning with the October 2016 in-person support meetings will now occur quarterly. 1st Quarter meeting is in January on the 3rd Tuesday of the month; 2nd Quarter meeting is in April on the 3rd Tuesday of the month; 3rd Quarter meeting is in August on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (due to the summer recess); and 4th Quarter meeting is in October on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Meeting time and location remain the same; 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Asbury Hall, Katy, Texas 77450. 


Free childcare is available at monthly support meetings but a spot(s) must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance; please contact Sarah Morrison, special needs ministry coordinator ONLY to RSVP FOR CHILDCARE at
sarahmorrison@sbcglobal.net. Please contact Cynthia Reece at kgreeceman@aol.com
for other questions and requests. You do not need to RSVP to attend a meeting.


Caregiver Safety Toolkit:

In 2012, the National Autism Association found that from 2009 to 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with autism subsequent to wandering, and that 23% of total wandering-related deaths occurred while the child was in the care of someone other than a parent. 
You can download a caregivers toolkit from the National Autism Association Safety Initiative's AWAARE website http://awaare.org/, download and begin using your Big Red Safety Toolkit today. Enclosed, you will find:
•Caregiver Checklist
•Family Wandering Emergency Plan (FWEP)
•First-responder profile form. Please fill out and provide a copy to your local law enforcement agencies.
•Swimming Lessons Tool
•Root-cause Scenario & Strategies Tool
•Stop Sign Prompts
•Social Stories
•Caregiver Log
•Sample IEP Letter. (Never allow restraint/seclusion practices into any IEP as this increases associated risks)
•How To Get Tracking Technology In Your Town
•General Awareness Letter: share with schools, homeowner’s association, law enforcement agencies, 
physicians, etc.

•Five Affordable Safety Tools
•Caregiver Resources One-sheeter

A video for first responders by National Autism Association: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auJvlpWhb5E




IfiNeedHelp PATCHES, SHOE TAGS, ID CARDS, WINDOW CLINGS, BUMPER STICKERS, DOG TAGS, PINS, CLIPS & MORE!! HELP FOR LOVED ONES WHO MAY WANDER.

Put patches, pins, clips onto your clothes, backpack, or device!  Sew on yourself or take to the cleaners or Grandma's and have it done for you. Put your new Shoe tag on your favorite shoe with tieless laces. Wear your Dog Tag. Have your iD card in your wallet. Find out more about these products at  https://ifineedhelp.org/



Thank you to the National Autism Association for the use of its graphic artwork "I Love Someone With Autism To Pieces" JPEG. Katy Autism Support is grateful to NAA for all the hard work they do to help families with a loved one on the autism spectrum.

  
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