Families of Adults Affected
by Asperger's Syndrome
"What a better way to learn about a culture, than to live with them."*
Those who live with a family member, friend or co-worker with Asperger's Syndrome often struggle silently with concerns and frustrations. At FAAAS, we strive to inform, validate and support family members who do not have Asperger's Syndrome, but whose lives are affected by this disorder.
Thousands of people with autism in the North-east are missing out on vital support because they are not being diagnosed, according to campaigners. Figures show around 84% of adults with autistic spectrum disorder are unknown to services in Aberdeen.
District Judge Tom Swan and his family live with autism every day. Swan is one of 1,000 district judges in the state who are now required to take a course on how to handle autistic defendants off all ages in their courtrooms. Continuing education laws were updated in July to help district judges better recognize indicators of the disability that affects one in 68 children, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.
About 1 in 45 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new government estimate of the condition's prevalence in 2014. This new report is based on data collected during the yearly National Health Interview Survey, from interviews of parents about their children, and is the first report of the prevalence of autism in the U.S. to include data from the years 2011 to 2014, according to the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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