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Rise in Autism: Moving Past the Blame to Help Those Affected

April 16, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - April is Autism Awareness Month and, with the recent spike in the number of autism cases, advocates say it's time to work together to better assist individuals and families affected by the disorder. According to data from the CDC, autism cases have risen more than 75 percent in the past decade.

Dana Renay, executive director of the Autism Society of Indiana, says that's one in 83 kids in the state, a higher percentage than the national average, which is one in 88.

However, she says, Hoosier families are just a phone call away from help with the society's Indiana Allies program.

"We have nine people who happen to be parents of children of all ages on the spectrum and they're physically located around the state. And what they do is, they answer the 800 number. "

Renay says parents and families who have questions about autism and its symptoms or who are in need of resources can call 800-609-8449 and type in their zip codes for the closest Ally. There is also a website for the Autism Resource Network of Indiana, at arnionline.org.

Renay says that Autism Resource Network of Indiana website provides a wealth of information once a query is typed in.

"It would come back with websites and behavior analysts and developmental pediatricians and books and articles and all different types of information."

Renay, whose nine-year-old son is in the "autism spectrum," says she believes kids are being diagnosed at a higher rate in Indiana than nationally because there are better systems in place to share information.

More information is at inautism.org or arnionline.org.

Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN