Do you know someone who has an autism spectrum disorder? Chances are getting better that you do. As you'll see in this blog posting from the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, the most recent statistics "reported a prevalence of autism of 1 in 68 children in 2010 (based on children born in 2002), up from 1 in 88 in 2008 (based on children born in 2000):"
the increase is due to better diagnosis or an actual increase in
persons with the disorder, it's clear that additional funding will be
needed for research and treatment. (And I'm not fooling.)