Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears in early childhood and can impact a person's social skills, communication skills, relationships and self regulation. It is a spectrum condition and affects people differently and to varying degrees. Research shows that early intervention can lead to positive outcomes later in life.
Did you know?
* Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability.
* The prevalence of autism in the U.S. is 1-54 births. (CDC 2020)
*It has increased by 119% from 2010 to 2011.
*Boys are 4.5 times more likely to have autism.
Newaygo County statistics
*14.6% of special education students in Newaygo County have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).The state average is 10.7%
*Newaygo County Community Mental Health serves 73 persons ages 0-adult.
What services and supports are available in Newaygo County?
*Newaygo County public schools and NCRESA (Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency) provide educational supports.
*Newaygo County CMH provides diagnostic testing and Applied Behavioral Analysis services for children up to the age of 21. They also provide case management, therapy, psychiatric services, Community Living Supports, Respite and other mental health services to both children and adults with autism.
* The Newaygo County Autism Community is a nonprofit organization made up of family members and professionals who promote awareness and raise funds with a yearly walk, provide educational workshops, sponsor autism friendly events such as a monthly family swim time at Tamarac and offer grant opportunities for individuals and families living with autism. Donations are always appreciated and may be sent to: P.O. Box 26 Fremont, MI 49421
Newaygo County Autism Community Facebook page
Autism Speaks: autismspeaks.org
Autism Society of America: autism-society.org