CDC seeking stories on emergency management and people with disabilities

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) aims to build public awareness and improve education about the unique needs of children with special health conditions and adults with disability during disasters. Personal stories are being sought to help CDC improve its emergency preparedness and response efforts for adults with disability and families who have children with special health care needs. Learn more and see the story collection form at The Arc’s website.

New Data on Autism Prevalence Released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last week, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data showing that the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to rise.  The new rate of 1 in 68 reflects a 30% increase from two years ago when the CDC released data that 1 in 88 children has autism.

ASDs are a group of developmental disabilities that are often diagnosed in early childhood and can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges over a lifetime.  The Arc is the largest provider organization for people with autism in the United States.  Chapters of The Arc provide services and supports for people with autism, their families, and service providers.  To read The Arc’s full statement, visit our blog.