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Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, April 30:
April is Autism Awareness Month.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others.
Autism is being diagnosed more often today as society, educators, and the medical community learn more about it. The Centers for Disease Control reports that one in 88 babies born have some form of autism. That works out to about 1% of children ages 3-17.
What causes autism is still unknown. Researchers often investigate the role of genetics and environmental factors.
Early diagnosis and intervention are two of the important keys to better outcomes for those living with autism and their families.
Apprearing on Tuesday's program will be Joelle Scholl of the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training collaborative (ASERT) and Georgia Rackley, past president of the Autism Society of Greater Harrisburg.
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