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People – Not Just Numbers.

March 30, 2012

Certainly most folks have already heard this today, but the CDC released new numbers on the prevalence of autism in the United States: 1 in 88 children is diagnosed with autism; 1 in 54 boys is diagnosed with autism.

The numbers are staggering. In fact they are likely even higher, as this is actually data collected three years ago.

Numbers can be powerful. Factual data makes an impressive statement. But there are stories behind each and every one of those numbers. There are stories of heartbreak and triumph, grief, love, loss, and amazing compassion and accomplishment.

So when you read about these numbers, as I’m sure we will be hearing much more discussion of this, please stop and think about the stories and the faces behind those numbers. The numbers create awareness, sure, but awareness is nothing without understanding.

1 in 88 children in the United States has been diagnosed with autism. Including all three of mine.

Some of the faces of 1 in 88:

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