Monday, March 8, 2010

Autism Through the Lifespan #1: Diagnosis

Autism is a neural-developmental disorder characterized by social and communication impairments and repetitive or restricted interests. Just a few years ago the incidence of autism was 1 in 10,000, it is now up to 1 in 500 according to the latest official numbers and the CDC says it could soon be up to 1 in 100. It is quickly becoming a household word but still many people do not fully understand what autism is and its many nuances along the “spectrum.” Autism is not curable but there are treatments that can help those “on the spectrum” to live more normal lives. Listen to the first installment of DUQ’s nine-part series on autism. Additional installments will follow on 90.5FM WDUQ every day this week during Morning Edition at 6:40am and 8:50am, and on All Things Considered at 4:20pm and 6:20pm. All of the stories will be archived after they air at this link.

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