Expo raises awareness about autism

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A new study is shining some light on the growing numbers of autism, which local advocates say is no surprise to them. The CDC announced a 72 percent increase in the diagnosis of autism in just the last four years. And now they say one in 50 children is somewhere on the spectrum. Just ten years ago, that number was 1 in 150.

Local parents had a chance to find much-needed resources at an expo in Carmel, hosted by the Autism Society of Indiana. Organizers of the expo say they’re not surprised to see the results of this latest study. “When you work in this environment, you know that the numbers are high, you know, there’s a lot of people out there that need help” says Beth Schweigel. “The awareness is growing in the regular communities as well. School systems, other  businesses, employment places are all starting to realize that the need is out there.”

Of course, from food to vaccines, there’s been a lot of debate about those numbers and other potential reasons for the increase. But organizers say they just want to raise awareness for local families. The expo is held every year in several different locations around the state.

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