Children With Autism ‘Fall Off the Cliff’ After Graduation

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Autism affects 1 out of 88 children born in the United States.  A new study indicates a fever or the flu for a week can double the risk of having a child with Autism. This exploratory study had 100,000 moms from Denmark.  The autism epidemic is affecting thousands of family in the US.   Parents and teachers work hard with Autistic children so that they don’t all behind in school.

Janet Mino has worked with her young men, preparing them to graduate from JFK High School, a place that caters to those with special needs in the heart of one of the poorest cities in America, Newark, N.J.  Mino considers her hard work unraveling after these young men earn their diplomas, their future options are bleak — lingering at home, being placed in an institution or living on the streets.

Helping the Autistic youth become as independent as possible is very important in the lives of each Autistic child.  “Some people think that because they are nonverbal and can’t communicate, they can’t understand, but that’s not true. From my experience, they read us better than we read them.” says Mino.  Today, an estimated 1 in 50 U.S. school-age children are diagnosed with some form of autism, a number that has been on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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