Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed a proclamation today, declaring April 2007
as Autism Awareness Month in Kansas.
Autism is a developmental disability typically affecting the processing,
integrating, and organizing of information that significantly impacts
communication, social interaction, functional skills, and educational
“It is important to educate and inform Kansas citizens about Autism Spectrum
Disorders,” said Governor Kathleen Sebelius. “A lack of knowledge prevents many
of our citizens from leading productive, satisfying lives within their
It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans are affected by autism. The
incidence of autism has increased dramatically from 1 in 10,000 ten years ago,
to 1 in 166 today.
Based on statistics by the U.S. Department of Education and other
governmental agencies, autism is growing at a startling rate of 10-17 percent
per year. At this rate, the Autism Society of America estimates that the
prevalence of autism could reach 4 million Americans in the next decade.
“It is my hope that a greater awareness of autism will promote early
diagnosis and intervention,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan. “Early diagnosis and
intensive early intervention are crucial to improving the lives of children with