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ABOUT AUTISM

SOME FACTS ABOUT AUTISM

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate, socialize and interact with other people.

Symptoms of autism may include: lack of eye contact, lack or loss of language skills, lack of appropriate play skills, tantrums, self-stimulatory behaviours (such as spinning, hand flapping or head banging), sensitivity to environmental stimuli and inability to understand social cues.

 

  • 1 in 44 children are diagnosed with autism; (2018 CDC report)

  • Boys are 4 times more likely to have autism.

  • More children are diagnosed with autism than diabetes, cancer and AIDS, combined.

  • There is no known cause or cure.

  • In Lincoln, Nebraska, the majority of the children with autism will never move out of this community.

  • It is our privilege to enable those with autism to live both their childhood and adulthood to their fullest potential, assisting their families along the way through community, medical, academic, social, and spiritual support.

 


With the current rate of autism diagnosis, the Autism Family Network was founded to support families who have children with autism. We provide connection, encouragement and help in the midst of frustration, discouragement, and loneliness that is very real for our families.

 

Visit the following links for a more extensive description of autism.
Autism Society of Nebraska
Autism Action Partnership

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