Radio Smart Talk: Autism Awareness

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, April 30:


April is Autism Awareness Month.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.

Autism is being diagnosed more often today as society, educators, and the medical community learn more about it. The Centers for Disease Control reports that one in 88 babies born have some form of autism. That works out to about 1% of children ages 3-17.

What causes autism is still unknown. Researchers often investigate the role of genetics and environmental factors.

Early diagnosis and intervention are two of the important keys to better outcomes for those living with autism and their families. Click here for an autism fact sheet.

Apprearing in this episode of Radio Smart Talk are guests Joelle Scholl of theAutism Services, Education, Resources, and Training collaborative (ASERT)and Georgia Rackley, past president of theAutism Society of Greater Harrisburg.

Listen to the conversation: