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Autism, Bipolar, Cancer, Child Welfare

   Autism - ASD's are now the fastest-growing developmental disorder.  Approximately 1 in 88 American children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The rate for boys is four to five times higher than for girls. (Source: CDC, 2008 surveillance data of 8-year olds in 14 states using medical and school records)

 According to the most recent measure of ASD rates, a CDC Parent Phone Survey in 2011 and 2012 of kids ages 5-17 showed 1 in 50 children have been diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, such as Asperger’s syndrome.


   Bipolar - Bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive illness, is most often developed in the late teen or early adult years, with at least half of all cases starting before age 25. It is called early-onset bipolar disorder in children, is treatable and usually lasts throughout a person’s lifetime.  (National Institutes of Mental Health, NIHRead more...

   Cancer - Each year, approximately 13,000 American children – about 36 a day -- are diagnosed with cancer. Although more children die from accidents, pediatric cancers continue to be the leading cause of death by disease for all children under the age of 20. (CureSearch) Read more...


    Child Welfare - In a 2007 UNICEF survey, the U.S. and Britain ranked last among 21 affluent countries assessed on the welfare of children. The criteria included a range of indicators, from infant mortality to whether children ate dinner with their parents or were bullied at school. (UNICEF, Innocenti Report Card 7: Child Poverty in Perspective, 2007)Read more...