Thursday, March 29, 2012

CDC Autism Rate show a rise of 25%

 One out of 88 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the latest estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Previously the CDC estimated autism's prevalence at about an average of 1 in 110 U.S. children. The new estimate suggests autism is more common than previously thought - about 25 percent more common - and may affect more than one million children and teens in the U.S.

For the CDC's study, researchers looked at autism prevalence estimates from 14 areas in the country. Since every state is not included, the CDC warned the rate "should not be generalized to the United States as a whole." But the data do show that autism diagnoses continue to increase. It's published in the March 29 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Boys are still about five times more likely to be diagnosed with autism in the U.S. than girls, according to the CDC report. It estimated one in 54 boys have autism, while one in 252 girls do. The number of children identified with ASDs ranged from 1 in 210 children in Alabama to 1 in 47 children in Utah. The largest increases were among Hispanic and black children.

For 2012, the National Institutes of Health invested $169 million in autism research to improve screening and diagnosis, develop effective services and resources for families, identify potential risk factors in the environment that may cause the disorder, and for testing potential treatments.

Read the CDC report

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Autism Awareness Balloon Launch and Baseball Game

Autism Awareness Balloon Launch and Baseball Game
Saturday March 31, 2012
12:00 PM
UVU's Brent Brown Ball Park
970 W university Parkway

Child friendly games and food
UVU vs SUU Baseball Game

Please Invite Everyone Who Cares About Autism!!!!

Pick up your FREE tickets at:
Scenic View Academy 5455 N. 250 W. Provo
Kids on the Move 475 W. 260 N. Orem
Provo Early Intervention 1185 E. 300 N. Provo
Nebo School District Offices 350 S. Main St. Spanish Fork
Provo School District- Contact Delaine 801.369.4504
Kids Who Count 345 N. SR 109 Salem
United Way 148 N.100 W. Provo
Wasatch Mental Health Parkview Building 1161 E. 300 N. Provo
Alpine School District 575 N. 100 E. American Fork
Sponsored by UVU and UCAR (Utah County Autism Resources)

UEN - Autism Coming of Age

If you missed the screening at WSU of the film Autism Coming of Age, there will be other opportunities to see it. Check UEN (Utah Education Network) website for additional dates.
Southern Utah Screenings
Wednesday, March 28, 6 - 8 PM
Woodward Bldg. Room #204 (15 South 100 West, St. George)

Thursday, March 29, 6 - 8 PM

Cedar Breaks Room, Sharwan Smith Student Center, SUU
(351 West University Boulevard, Cedar City)

Northern Utah Screenings
Tuesday, April 10, 6 - 8 PM
Uintah County Library (155 E Main St, Vernal)
Wednesday, April 11, 6 - 7:30 PM
Tooele Public Library (128 W Vine St, Tooele)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hoofbeats To Healing Grand Opening

If you are interested go check out what 
Hoofbeats to Healing has to offer. 
As mentioned before, this is the place 
that is looking to open 
a second facility in Bountiful.
Let Hoofbeats to Healing know we need 
Therapeutic Horses up in northern Utah.
call Tami Tanner at 801-836-4325 
or email her at or

Want to be Part of a Research Study on Autism?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Blue Balloon Launch for Autism Awareness

There will be a Blue Balloon Launch for 
Autism Awareness will be on March 31, 2012 at 1 PM,
at Skye Park, South Jordan (4800 W 9800 S)
Home depot will be donating 
200 blue light bulbs to balloon launch participants. 

Home Depot is partnering with Autism Speaks 
to help "light it up blue" in 2012. 

Balancing the Needs for Help and Independence for Young Adults with Autism

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Free Tickets and Donations to SARRC

Donate your time and Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln will donate cash!

Stop into Sanderson Ford or Sanderson Lincoln on Bell Road between March 8 and March 10 and take a no pressure, no hassle test drive and Sanderson will make a $100 donation to the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. Plus get four baseball tickets to an Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training Game!  Burns & Gambo from Arizona Sports 620 will be on-site broadcasting their show live at Sanderson Ford from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.  Come hang out with the guys and Knock It Out of the Park for SARRC! 

 Knock It Out of the Park for SARRC

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Art Garden in Murray (Vine and 917 East) beginning at 9:30.  
We're usually there until 11:00.  
Hope to see you!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Autism Understanding the Puzzle - All Over the World

Thanks to all of you who have helped spread autism awareness and have shared our site. Check out the list (scroll down in the right hand column) of the 40+ countries that have visited our website

MAK's Lunch in March

MAKS Lunch 
Tuesday, March 13  11:30
Jason's Deli - Layton

Saturday, March 3, 2012



Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 6 - 8 PM
Weber State University (3848 Harrison Blvd, Ogden)
Free - but registration is required, click on picture above.

Families with Special Needs Summit

Families with Special Needs Summit at Hill Air-force Base

15 March 2012 at The Landing
0900 - 1400
Providing information on:
•Early Intervention
•Special Education
•Medical Needs/Benefits
•Assistive Equipment
•Alternative Therapies
•Government Agencies
•Military Agencies
•Specific Disabilities
•Behavioral Health
•ABA Therapy
•Transition Services
•And Much More
This event is open to active duty, retirees, guard, reservists, civilians and family members.

For questions please call :
Tammy Custer, EFMP-FS 586-2611
Hollen Partington, Family Support 360 Service Navigator 586-4735

UVU Autism Conference - April 20, 2012

Click on picture to go to website and register.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Showing Love for Those with Special Needs

I was telling a friend about these videos last night and I realized I hadn't shared them here yet. I share them with you now, I cannot think of better examples of youth putting aside their egos and pride to include and get to know these awesome friends and gain a greater love for one another.