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Action For Autism benefiting SARRC in Phoenix

LISTEN: KTAR's eighth annual Action for Autism benefiting SARRC

KTAR’s eighth annual Action for Autism benefiting SARRC — Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center — happened Thursday in downtown Phoenix.

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As the event closed down at 6 p.m. the final toteboard read $186,912 from generous Arizonans.

Established in 1997, SARRC’s mission is to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.

The Center for Disease Control says that 1 in 68 children in the United States have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

• This is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children.

• In Arizona, the rates are slightly higher at 1 in 64. This doesn’t mean living in Arizona presents any increased risk for having a child with ASD. It actually means we’re better at detecting ASD in Arizona.

• The data continues to show that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than girls: 1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls.

• The report also shows most children with ASD are diagnosed after age 4, even though ASD can be diagnosed as early as age 2.

• The rates will likely continue climbing as detection and awareness improves. In fact, other studies of population rates indicate they could be as high as 1 in 50.

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Action for Autism benefiting SARRC in Phoenix on KTAR 923FM. Donate, listen and take #ActionForAutism. 602-368-8188

Posted by KTAR News on Thursday, April 2, 2015

9:45 a.m.:

JumpStart is a six-week program that provides information, support and training for parents of children up to the age of 6 who have recently been diagnosed with or are at risk for ASD.

Jeff and Sunni Woolf, parents of four-year-old twins, Sierra and Lennon just completed JumpStart.

Lennon and Sierra are on very different levels of the spectrum. The twins are so different that Jeff and Sunni had to be trained separately. They were prepared because their two older children have been diagnosed with Asperger’s and learning disabilities.

The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center has been extremely helpful and they are very thankful for the resources.

11:30 a.m.:

Susan Pinto’s son, Nick, 20, has been involved in various SARRC programs. Specifically teen programs, such as, LibraryWorks.

Nick has been through many of SARRC’s programs through the Vocational Academy. The academy and SARRC’s Employment Services have helped him be successfully employed.

The programs have helped his social skills in that employment.

1:30 p.m.:

Matt Cottle, a former adult SARRC client, is entrepreneur and owner of a home bakery business, Stuttering King Bakery.

Matt has been involved with the Rising Entrepreneur Program, Culinary Works and Home Baking Program, with SARRC. He graduated from the Home Baking Program and opened his own business, the aforementioned Stuttering King Bakery.

Matt has achieved amazing success with the programs and support of SARRC.