March 20, 2012
CDC estimates 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Arizona is 1 in 66!
The following is from the CDC website;
CDC estimates 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000) has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
This marks a 23% increase since our last report in 2009. And, a 78% increase since our first report in 2007. Some of the increase is due to the way children are identified, diagnosed and served in their local communities, although exactly how much is due to these factors in unknown.
The number of children identified with ASDs varied widely across the 14 ADDM Network sites, from 1 in 47 (21.2 per 1,000) to 1 in 210 (4.8 per 1,000).
ASDs are almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 54) than among girls (1 in 252).
The largest increases over time were among Hispanic children (110%) and black children (91%). We suspect that some of this increase is due to greater awareness and better identification among these groups. However, this finding explains only part of the increase over time, as more children are being identified in all groups.
There were increases over time among children without intellectual disability (those having IQ scores above 70), although there were also increases in the estimated prevalence of ASDs at all levels of intellectual ability.
More children are being diagnosed at earlier ages—a growing number of them by age 3. Still, most children are not diagnosed until after they reach age 4, even though early identification and intervention can help a child access services and learn new skills. This is why CDC's Learn the Signs. Act Early. program is essential. Through this program, CDC provides free tools to help parents track their child's development and free resources for doctors and educators. CDC is also working with states and communities to improve early identification.
CDC also provided leadership in establishing Healthy People 2020 objectives and supporting the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that all children be screened by age 2, because early screening and diagnosis improve access to services during a child's most critical developmental period.
For more information see http://www.cdc.gov/Features/CountingAutism/
December 17th, 2011
UPDATE; December 17, 2011 We distributed over $6,400.00 toys to 68 special needs kids and their siblings!
Thank you to all the Angels, This year (2011) the parents of special needs children in Yavapai County wrote down their childs Christmas wish list and placed it on the Cody Can Autism Angel Tree, with the hope of making their special childs Christmas a little bit better. This is when the Santa started sending his angels in to help the children out. These angels started coming into the store one by one and each one chose a child from the tree, with some special angels choosing an entire family. There were Grandma and Grandpa angels, parent angels and kid angels, professional angels and blue collar angels and even biker angels. Then the presents started coming in by car, truck, motorcycle and even UPS from Phoenix. Before we knew it there were presents for all the special little boys and girls. The gifts were given to the parents on Saturday December 17th. One very nice angel presented an IPAD to the mom of a girl with autism (Ipads can help children with autism in their therapy). We here at Cody Can Secondhand would like to thank all the people of Yavapai County and Phoenix that made our Autism Angel Tree a success. A special thanks goes out to the Daily Courier for helping to get the word out. This years Angel Tree had 68 local children from special needs families, and raised over $6,400.00 worth of toys. You can visit the Angel Tree button at codycan.org to see pictures and thank you letters.
November 14, 2011
We wil be on the Sandy Moss radio show KQNA 1130am at approximately 3;30pm!
November 07, 2011
The Angel Tree is in the paper! Nov. 7th, 2011 Prescott Daily Courier
11/1/2011 9:45:00 PM
Cody CAN seeks toys for special-needs children
Special to the Courier
Cody CAN, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families dealing with autism, is starting the second annual Autism Angel Christmas Tree. Come by 1302 N. Rhinestone Drive in Prescott and pick a family from the tree. Last year, the community gave more than $2,000 worth of unwrapped toys for local families raising children with autism. This year, Cody CAN is including all special needs children. For additional information, go to www.codycan.org.
October 12, 2011
We are starting our second annual Autism Christmas tree now!
Last year we raised over $2,400.00 worth of new unwrapped toys for 15 local families with special needs kids.
This year we expect to have over 20 families.
If you have a special needs child and are a resident of yavapai county please contact us to sign up for the program.
How it works;
We will have a tree in the store with the names of the children on the tree. You can pick a name of a child and receive a christmas wish list for that child and their siblings. Just purchase as many items as you want and return the unwrapped items to Cody Can. We will be distributing the presents to the families approximately 2 weeks before Christmas. We will be posting pictures and "thank you" notes on this website. This is a fun way to help local families during the holidays that have the extra financial burden of raising a child with special needs. If you are not a big shopper you can donate funds on the"How Can I Help" button on this website and we will do the shopping for you. Just type in "tree" in the notes. We are a 501(c)3. 100% of all donations received on the website go directly to the families.
October 17, 2011
Sign up for our Autism Angel Tree! Please send this to any special needs family in yavapai county with kids under 18.
We posted the following ad on craigslist;
IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!
We are looking for special needs kids that want to be part of our Autism Angel Christmas tree.
Any special needs kid will qualify ( does not need to be autism), just needs to be a Yavapai County resident, under 18, and be a special needs kid( autism, downs syndrome, ms, cancer ect..).
Please contact Cody Can for a sign up sheet. We will just need your name, address, phone numbers and a Christmas list for the special child and siblings. We do ask that you write a thank you letter when you receive the toys. This programs goal is to help local families that are raising special needs kids to have a great Christmas season.
(If you dont have a special need kid please do not apply, and yes that does happen)
We did this last year for 15 families and raised over $2,400.00 worth of toys. Thank you to the great Prescott area residents. We would like to have 20 - 30 families this year.
The tree is going to be up this week so hurry! More info on our website!
See it at Codycan Secondhand Thrift store.
1302 N Rhinestone Dr. Prescott Az. 86301
one mile west of See the PV Home Depot on Hwy 69 in Diamond Valley (between Prescott Valley and Prescott)
open 9:30-5:30 mon-sat and 1-5 sun
website = codycan.org
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps local families raising children with Autism.
We pick up furniture and large donations!
Thanks for looking!!