Understanding the Puzzling Pieces of Autism

Advocacy

Autism:

  • Strikes everyday
  • Is treatable
  • Intervention is key

Since the enactment of the Combating Autism Act in 2006 and its reauthorization by the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011, federal agencies, in partnership with the private sector, have made significant strides in addressing one of our nation’s top health priorities. Among its many notable achievements are:

  • an increase in the proportion of infants screened for ASD,
  • an increase in the proportion of children diagnosed by three from 12 to 18 percent
  • continuing improvements to decrease the time between diagnosis and intervention.

We know that a diagnosis doesn’t always mean services will start right away; whether it’s screening, diagnosis, interventions, or services, we know there is still so much work to be done.