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Autism: Group Seeks Awareness as ND Legislature Offers Bill

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  Over 500 North Dakota children between the ages of three and 21 are living with Autism.
Nationally, one in 88 born are affected -- up from one in 10,000 in 1980.  We still don't know why.

"Whether the recognition of the prevalence is based on more research and more theories that are out there about what causes autism, we're not exactly sure why there's such an increase in numbers.  But I think the important piece is the recognition is there and efforts are being made," says Lorena Poppe, Austism Services Director for Anne Carlsen Center.

North Dakota legislators are among those taking note.  Senate Bill 2193 is introduced to establish an Autism Spectrum Disorder database to record all reported cases, facilitate research and provide assistance. 

Autism, which affects communication and social interactions, is four times more prevalent among boys than girls.  You can contact Anne Carlsen Center for more information at  There is presently no known cure.


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