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Epidemic Of The Century?

We all have our causes that are important to us for different reasons. Mine is the epidemic that is autism. The CDC estimates that 1 in every 68 people has autism. However, those numbers are probably actually closer to 1 in 45. That is why it is an epidemic. 

What is autism? It is defined as a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and using language and abstract concepts. The movie "Rainman" is a great example.  Chances are, that within the next year or so, you will know someone with it, and chances are, they will be a child. 

So, what causes autism? A few factors are believed to cause it. The environment is one.  Some people are born with it, and I believe that vaccines play a major part in this epidemic. Millions of families live with it every day-- if one member of the family has it, every member lives with it. 

The single most important thing is to bring attention to Autism. It's hard to believe, but many people still don't know what it is or what can cause it. It's important because the number of people with autism is on the rise.  People living with autism are in the workplace, public transportation, most everywhere we go. The biggest mistake is for someone to believe or say that an autistic person is mentally retarded, they are not.  In fact, many time an autistic person is smarter than you and me. They just act peculiar at times; it's part of the condition. 

April is Autism Awareness Month worldwide. It is a good time to learn what you can about it. Everyone should care because we all know people and families who are living with this, and we don't want to be insensitive to them, and it's in all of our best interests to be informed. My oldest son was diagnosed with autism nine years ago. I had to do a lot of learning; I still am. 

God bless you and your family and whatever your cause is.  To learn more, please visit



Written by B K

Father of Autistic Son, Author, Clergyman, Conservative.

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