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Spartanburg, SC: Rate of autism 'tripled in less than 20 yrs'; no end in sight

Mar 7, 2019, CBS7, Spartanburg, SC: Autism summit in Greenville aims to raise awareness and help families VIDEO: “The rate of autism has tripled in less than 20 years and while the cause remains a mystery…” “Early intervention is essential.” The Centers for Disease Control says the rate of autism has tripled in less than 20 years and while the cause remains a mystery, one thing is for certain, more and more families are affected by the disorder…. This summit is organized by Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health, one of the few residential centers for autism in the US which happens to be located in Travelers Rest. And with the autism rate on the rise, it's no surprise that this conference which began three years ago, has trippled in size. More than 525 parents, educators and professional have gathered from 17 states and three countries to take a deeper look at Autism. …. "The most shocking detail that I can share with you that is one that many parents hear and it's because of the lack of resources, the lack of treatment facilities, the lack of options available, is when they hit these agressive behaviors and things get out of hand for the families, you're told, you may have to give up custody of your child to the state before they'll ever recieve help," said Vance Goforth. … The Autism rate has jumped from 1 in 150 in 2000 to 1 in 59 today, according to the CDC. … The summit continues Friday with a keynote speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin, who has autism and has worked to overcome her challenges.


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