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Autism by the Numbers

2:25 PM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WZZM) - More than 15,000 children in Michigan are currently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Michigan actually has the fourth largest autistic population in the United States.

Nationwide, one out of every 88 children has autism. The Centers for Disease Control closely tracks the condition and says the number of cases has gone up 78 percent in the last five years.

A couple of reasons for that are better screening processes and screening at earlier ages.

April is Autism Awareness Month. To bring awareness to the condition, landmarks around the country, including the Mackinac Bridge, are lit blue.

Autism affects people's ability to communicate and socialize. Doctor Michael Wolff with BRAINS in Grand Rapids talks more about the condition, what parents should look for and treatments.

Click on the video link to watch the segment. Click here to learn more about autism. Click here to learn more about BRAINS.

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