Autism is something which you will no doubt have heard being spoken about, you may even know someone who suffers from it but how much do you actually know about this disability? Because of the rate of people who are being diagnosed with autism, knowing more about it is incredibly helpful and it is for that reason that people like Chris Manente, a spokesperson and campaigner who works at Rutger Center for Adults Autism are speaking out about what this disability is and how it affects so many people and their families and friends. Let’s have a look a little bit deeper then into the world of autism.
What is Autism?
Autism is defined by the National Autism Association as bio-neurological development disability, it is a disability which affects in 1 in every 68 children and boys are 4 times more likely to suffer from autism than girls. Those who are affected by autism has no bearing on race or region and the figures of autism have climbed greatly in the last 20 years.
How Does It Affect People?
The effects of autism are wide ranging and vary from person to person, it has been said that no two suffers are the same. At its roots, the disability has a profound impact on the learning and communication abilities of sufferers and can have a huge effect on the ability of autism sufferers in their interactions with others. Speech can be a highly difficult problem for those children who suffer with autism and recent figures show that 40% of young children will not be able to speak as a result of having the disability. There are additional symptoms which many autistic patients may face that range from having a higher percentage chance of viral infections, eating disorders, anxiety, IBS, asthma and allergies to name just a few. This is not to say that all sufferers will have these symptoms but they are prevalent throughout autism.
Is There a Cure?
As yet, no cure for autism has been found although with an early diagnosis and intervention, treatment can prove to be highly effective and can significantly lower symptoms in some sufferers and has also been known to help others in completely overcoming the symptoms of the disability.
What is The Average Life Expectancy?
There is no direct correlation between lower life expectancy and this who suffer from autism, with this being said, mortality rates are significantly worse in sufferers of autism because of the higher probability of having an accident such as drowning because of the symptoms which autistics face.
What Does The Future Hold?
Despite autism being the fastest growing developmental disease, it is on the whole considered to be highly underfunded and there are many campaigns in action which are seeking to secure more funding into the support for those with autism and higher research into the causes, cures and effects of the disability.