FAIRFIELD, Conn., Oct. 21 Autism Support Network todayannounced the launch of its free online support community available athttp://www.AutismSupportNetwork.com. The online service -- rapidly growingalready with thousands of members around the world -- connects families andindividuals touched by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with each other,provides support and insight, and acts as a resource guide for treatments,strategies and therapies.
Key features of the community include matching those members seekingsimilar support with one another, the ability to create appointments virtuallyor in actual locations between members, community groups for open sharing ofinformation, user blogs, chat and capabilities for members to host and sharepersonal photos and documents. The Autism Support Network also includesresource listings across the United States, Canada, England and India.
"Parents frequently feel paralyzed and isolated when they discover theirchild has autism. Those adults who have autism themselves also frequently findit difficult to engage socially with others for support," said Brian Field,co-founder of Autism Support Network. "Whether you're a parent whose child hasautism, a medical practitioner or someone with autism, our global communitywas created to facilitate an exchange of ideas, help and interactivediscussion. Those dealing with ASD needn't have to 'reinvent the wheel' --they can find others here that have likely experienced what they're goingthrough and can help provide personal guidance."
Today, one in 150 children is diagnosed with autism, with a new casediagnosed every 20 minutes. Autism is the fastest-growing developmentaldisability in the United States today. More children will be diagnosed withautism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. Autism ischaracterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal andnonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limitedactivities and interests. Other ASDs include Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome,childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder nototherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Males are four timesmore likely to have autism than females.
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