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Astonishingly, 1 in 44 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to CDC surveillance at 11 U.S. sites. When this video was made just years ago, in 2014, the prevalence was 1 in 68. The questions surrounding causes, prevalence, treatments, policies, and family dynamics are vast. At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health -- where protecting health and preventing disease has been our mission for almost 100 years -- the Wendy Klag Center is uniquely positioned to address these big issues. We bring together world-renowned faculty and partners – local, national and global – to
- explore the relationship between genetics and environment as it relates to ASD;
- research current public financing and healthcare policies to improve the care of people with autism;
- understand day-to-day issues affecting families such as school services and bullying;
- collaborate with global partners addressing these challenges in other nations;
- convene experts from throughout the School of Public Health and the broader Johns Hopkins family including Medicine, Nursing, and Education, as well as the acclaimed Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Consider how you can help. The time to act is now. We owe it to the children.