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      April is Autism Awareness Month in Minnesota

      Posted on April 02, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      blog_autism_awareness.jpg  Governor Dayton presents proclamation to families who are working to raise autism awareness across the state of Minnesota.

      Today, Governor Mark Dayton met with parents and children with autism at the  Autism Speaks, "Light It Up Blue," awareness event in the Governor's Reception Room.   Governor Dayton has proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month. One in every 110 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism, and similar levels are seen around the world. The number of children diagnosed with autism appears to be rising each year.

      Autism Spectrum Disorder, which includes Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Development Disorder, is a series of neurologically-based developmental disabilities that affect brain development in children, disrupting their ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States and typically appears in early childhood, usually before the age of three. There is no cure for autism, however intensive and early treatment can make a big difference in many children’s lives. 

      In 2007, World Autism Awareness Day was adopted by the United Nations to raise autism awareness and to promote early diagnosis and early behavioral interventions.