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Easter Seals' Study Sheds New Light on Parents' Life-Long Fears, Anxieties and Critical Supports Needed to Raise a Child With Autism
Date:12/16/2008

eloping children and parents of children with autism experience can now be shared via solid numbers."

Easter Seals will use the study results to raise awareness of and advocate for the life-long services millions of families living with autism desperately need -- including school to work transitions, employment support, residential and community support, and financial planning.

"For parents of kids with autism, there are no simple answers," adds Wright. "There is an urgent need for increased funding and services -- especially for adults with autism. Easter Seals wants to help change all of this and make a difference for families living with autism today."

*Methodology

This Easter Seals' Living with Autism Study was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Easter Sealsbetween June 16 and July 17, 2008 among 1,652 parents of children age 30 and under who have autism and 917 parents of typically developing children age 30 and under. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available.

About Easter Seals

Autism is a lifelong disability that affects the way a person's brain functions, involving challenges in communication, social skills, and behaviors. While there is no known cause or cure, autism is treatable and people with autism can -- and do -- lead meaningful lives. Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For nearly 90 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Visit
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