Autism Society of Indiana
3951 N. Meridian Street, Suite 220, Indianapolis, IN 46208
(800) 609-8449, email@example.com
Autism Society of Indiana is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
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In 2008, based on a sample of 8 year olds, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in 88 in American children. By 2010, using a similar sample, it was announced that the incidence had climbed to 1 in 68. Based on these latest numbers, 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Two years ago in a national telephone survey of 100,000 families, the incidence was projected at 1 in 50. (Note: Different data collection methods will often yield differing results.)
Dana Renay, chief executive ally for the Autism Society of Indiana, said the bill also calls for training for law-enforcement agencies to better recognize and respond to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. "There are characteristics of autism that might seem to be aggressive but really are not," she said. "It's not the same as somebody who is not on the spectrum who might be scared, but might be able to understand the situation. "
Renay said the funding also could be used to expand the Project Lifesaver Program, which currently is used in about 40 Indiana counties. It uses a radio transmitter to help track a person with autism who goes missing. In Marion County, Renay said, they have a 100 percent find rate. "The individuals that they find are alive and they are able to find them in less than an hour," she said. "So the financial investment of these devices and these systems is worth every penny."
ASI is now an approved provider of select services through the Family Supports Waiver (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) waiver, in Allen, Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Shelby counties.