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Columbia, MO: "37,000 children across Missouri with autism": Easterseals

Nov 4, 2023, 93.9, Columbia, MO: Easterseals Midwest says 987 children in Boone County have autism https://939theeagle.com/listen-easterseals-midwest-says-987-children-in-boone-county-have-autism/

An organization that supports more than 6,500 children and adults with disabilities in Missouri and two other states is pleased with the success of last week’s virtual conference.

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….

“Making sure that individuals you know especially children and teens and into adulthood really know about keeping safe online. Not sharing information about themselves that should not be shared and making sure they understand the social interactions that occur online as well,” says Fitzgerald.

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






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(I cannot use my real name) My parents pulled me out of middle school and I never attended any high school outside home education. Being homeschooled (through the entirety of what would've been my high school years, and most of my childhood before that) wasn't easy nor perfect, and Christian homeschool textbooks have most of the same lies and shallow information/lacks of information (that secular "Human CAFOs" school textbooks have too) but I am eternally grateful I never went to any highschool and was pulled out of the matrix early. I had uncontrollable meltdowns/Strep throat infections/PANDAS syndrome (all professionally diagnosed when I was a child by clinicians - I don't "self diagnose" anything though I've always been observant of my…

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