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The Time to Act for Families is Now - Will You Act for Autism With Easter Seals?
Date:4/1/2009

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month and Change the Lives of Children and Adults Living with Autism

CHICAGO, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- As the nation's largest non-profit provider of autism services, Easter Seals believes every individual with autism, their family members and professionals should have access to a continuum of appropriate autism resources and receive necessary services, supports and guidance at every life stage.

"We're doing our best," said James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. "However, we know that current systems, structures and resources to help people with autism do not adequately meet the growing need as research and service provision is sparse, funding is inadequate, unemployment persists and general knowledge and understanding gaps prevail."

Since the launch of its Living with Autism Study in December 2008, Easter Seals has been using the results to raise awareness of and advocate for the life-long services people living with autism and their families desperately need. And, now, during April's Autism Awareness Month, Easter Seals is asking everyone to Act for Autism.

Communities in Action for Autism

The national study pinpoints critical issues facing families living with autism, shining the spotlight on their concerns for the future. The results quantify the daily challenges, fears and deep disparities among parents of children with autism as compared to parents of typically developing children.

"The study findings arm Easter Seals and others in the autism community with new information to better share our stories of help, hope and answers -- while conveying hundreds of families' most urgent needs around their child's future independence, finances, employment, housing, health and personal relationships," said Dr. Patricia Wright, Director of Autism Services for Easter Seals.'/>"/>

SOURCE National Easter Seal Society
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