Autism is usually diagnosed in a child before they are 3 years old so when your child is born you don’t know they are autistic because it does not have any physical symptoms. It is called the ‘autistic spectrum’ because you can be affected by these difficulties to various degrees from mild to severe.
2. Social interaction and
The amount of people diagnosed with autism has in the last 20 years gone up from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 150. That is a huge increase and it’s prompted a debate and extensive research to determine why there is such a dramatic increase in such a short length of time. Some say it is down to doctors being better able to make a diagnosis.
There is of course the MMR debate and some say that there is a clear link between diet and nutrition and the increased serge of autism. Others say there is a Genetic link..
Here is one story about a delightful little girl called Rosie who is just 5 years old and is affected by severe autism requiring a one-to-one, intensive education program that’s specially designed for her needs.
This of course costs money, and her family and friends have been fundraising in a variety of spectacular ways.
To raise money for Rosie a campaign was launched to get 100 women to pose naked in a field forming the word AUTISM for the front cover of the calendar. By the end of the first week they had 78 women signed up.
They have had 3,000 calendars printed, and if they sell all of them they will raise £26,000 for Rosie, and there fundraising burden will be lifted for nearly 2 years.
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