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ASA Launches Spanish Section on its Website

Autism Society of America, May 2004
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The Autism Society of America (ASA) today announces the launch of a Spanish-language section on its award-winning Web site, responding to the ever-growing needs of the Hispanic community to deliver bi-lingual information on autism spectrum disorders. The site, www.autism-society.org, receives over 6,000 visitors a day.

"According to the U.S. Census Bureau, of the entire United States population, 38.8 million are Hispanic, surpassing African Americans, who are no longer the fastest-growing minority. This growth surge shows no sign of slowing down, and neither do autism prevalence rates, which are currently at 1 in 166," ASA President Rob Beck said. "We know that autism knows no boundaries and affects people of all races and ethnicities. We also know that more than 1.5 million individuals are living with the disorder nationwide, and another 10 million, including parents, caretakers and loved ones affected. With these statistics, it is impossible for us to ignore that a large percentage of these persons are Hispanic."

The new Spanish section, which is accessible through the main Web page, features 18 different links to information about understanding autism; an autism checklist on common characteristics of the disorder; tips for parents on coping with a child's diagnosis and living with autism across the lifespan; a variety of treatment options and educational approaches and programs to help a child with autism such as developing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP); and information on Federal programs, to name a few.

To view the Spanish-language section, go to the ASA homepage www.autism-society.org and click on "En Espanol."

    

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