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Boone Co, MO: 987 children with autism; 37,000 in Missouri

Nov 9, 2023, 93.0 Radio, Columbia, MO: Easterseals Midwest says 987 children in Boone County have autism

Easterseals Midwest autism services director Jamie Fitzgerald says the conference has grown in size as the prevalence of autism grows. Fitzgerald tells 939 the Eagle that the national prevalence of eight-year-olds with autism has increased to one in every 36 children.

“Our mission has always been to get families services and information that they need to help their children and adults with autism,” Ms. Fitzgerald says.

She says there are more than 37,000 children across Missouri with autism, including 987 children in Boone County.

Easterseals Midwest’s 14th annual conference included numerous presentations on issues ranging from resources to social skills to cyber security. Fitzgerald says a social skills deficit is something they see in those who have autism. She describes cyber security as an important topic….

Easterseals Midwest is the region’s largest resource for families who receive an autism diagnosis.

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