One source states that one in 110 kids may have some aspect of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The spectrum includes Autism (ranging from high functioning to low functioning), Asperger's Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD or PDD-NOS). The source is neurological, and no one knows the cause. We do know there are possible genetic predispositions.
So why do I know all that? Because it's close to home. This year my wife and I are beginning to get more involved in the Autism Spectrum Disorders community as we navigate this brave new world with our son.
April is Autism Awareness Month, and there are many things going on to increase understanding of this complex set of disorders and gifting. We participated in Light It Up Blue to give some local support in our neighborhood. Check out AutismSpeaks.org for more info.