We here at Mannertainment would like to take a moment out of our daily zombie destroying, alien blasting, villain defeating, world saving regiment and get serious for just 1 second. Today, April 2nd is the beginning of World Autism Awareness Month so it’s time to Light it Up Blue! If it’s your front porch, your office, your headlights or even your clothes (I am wearing all blue today but sadly have no lights attached) you should join in! We here at Mannertainment support the cause vehemently as autism has directly touched some of our lives just as we know it has touched so many others.
Check out some of the locations who participate in the event –
- About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. [Read article]
- ASDs are reported to occur in all racial, ethinic, and socioeconomic groups. [Read article]
- ASDs are almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 54) than among girls (1 in 252). [Read article]
- Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with an ASD with an average prevalence of about 1%. A recent study in South Korea reported a prevalence of 2.6%. [Data table ]
- About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. [Read article]
Autism Economic Costs
- Individuals with an ASD had average medical expenditures that exceeded those without an ASD by $4,110–$6,200 per year. On average, medical expenditures for individuals with an ASD were 4.1–6.2 times greater than for those without an ASD. Differences in median expenditures ranged from $2,240 to $3,360 per year with median expenditures 8.4–9.5 times greater. [Read article]
- In 2005, the average annual medical costs for Medicaid-enrolled children with an ASD were $10,709 per child, which was about six times higher than costs for children without an ASD ($1,812). [Read summary]
- In addition to medical costs, intensive behavioral interventions for children with ASDs cost $40,000 to $60,000 per child per year.
In other words it’s getting worse and it’s very expensive. The White House refuses to light it up blue. It’s a pretty pathetic showing on their part. Too bad no one has some way of dumping 12,000 gallons of blue paint on it. While the White House is refusing to participate these kids made a pretty good song to commemorate the month –