Every year at this time we make a donation in honor of our patients to a deserving non-profit that serves our community and supports our mission. In year’s past we have donated to the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and Bert’s Big Adventure, a non-profit that takes chronic and terminally ill kiddos to Disney World every year. This year we decided to donate to Talking About Curing Autism (TACA).
Autism is a neurological and biological disorder that currently has no cure. In the wake of the latest autism statistics (March 2012) that found that 1 in every 88 children in the United States has autism, it is clear that there is just not enough people talking about this epidemic and attempting to find a cause, a cure, or at the very least effective treatments. TACA is talking about it.
It never fails… whenever I meet someone new and they find out what it is that I do, they always ask me, “So do you think that autism is really on the rise, or is it just being over diagnosed?” It happened just the other day as I was sitting in the chair at the salon getting my hair cut. And I always answer the same way. I see these kids every day. I see more and more of these kids every day. Some are affected more than others, but the diagnostic criteria are there. It is not only on the rise, it is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability and approximately 1.5 million individuals in the United States have autism. The biggest question among the autism community is this: What will happen to these children when they are adults and their parents are no longer able to provide the care that they need?
Without adequate resources, support, and research families diagnosed with autism often feel like they are grasping at straws, trying to find something that will help their child. TACA’s mission is to educate, empower, and support these families by connecting families with professionals who can help and effective treatments. TACA is about families with autism helping families with autism.
This holiday season I ask that you take some time to think about how you can help to find a cure for the autism epidemic. It can be as small as making a donation to autism research, contacting your legislators and asking for their support, or volunteering your time to advocate and educate on autism awareness.
We at The George Center wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season filled with peace and joy.