One in every 68 children born in the United States will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The rate suggest that 1 out of 42 boys and 1 out of 189 girls will receive a diagnosis. Early intervention can yield substantial benefits to children and their families. As recent as March 2013, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicated the prevelance rate of children between the ages of 6-17 diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, as one in 50.
The Autism Spectrum Institute provides supportive education programs and trains pre-service and teacher educators as well as parents and families of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. The Institute provides a multidisciplinary network of consultants that can assist in identifying, selecting, and implementing effective programs, a lending library, and information to families and professionals through workshops and inservice trainings. It will also serve as a coordinating site for classroom-, home-, and clinic-based research with an emphasis on evidence based intervention strategies.