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February 10, 2020

30 Years of Autism = $7 Trillion in Costs

Next Decade Will Add More Trillions to Looming Public Financial Burden: The lifetime cost of autism for U.S. cases identified in the 30 years between 1990 and 2019 is estimated to be $7 trillion. If costs for the next decade 2020-2029 are included, the lifetime cost will reach up to $15 trillion. The findings were reported in a new study in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In “The Lifetime Social Cost of Autism: 1990–2029”, authors Janet Cakir, Richard Frye, and Stephen Walker compiled findings from peer-reviewed published studies on the number of cases of autism for the decades 1990-2019 and the lifetime cost of autism per person in the U.S.

February 03, 2020

Potential Anti-inflammatory Treatment for Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by impaired social interactions and communication. 1 ASD affects about 1 in 59 children  2 and is estimated to reach 1 in 40 children in 2025. 3 The complexity of the factors involved in the clinical picture of ASD, along with the lack of reliable biomarkers 4 and specific pathogenesis 5 has prevented the development of effective treatments.

December 30, 2019

Heidi Kidd Year-End Donation Appeal

Hi, It’s me, Heidi Roger Kidd, one of the SafeMinds founding Board Members. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Holy Moly! It is December 30th already, how did that happen? That means there are less than two days to make a tax deductible donation to SafeMinds. Why should you make a donation to SafeMinds? Many […]

November 07, 2019

The Autism ERA Act

The purpose of the proposed Autism Effectiveness, Responsiveness, and Accountability (ERA) Act of 2019 is to improve the health status and quality of life for people living with autism and their caregivers, while reducing the associated costs for individuals with autism, their caregivers, and the U.S. Government. The Autism ERA Act provides for: A full-time […]

November 01, 2019

Why You Should Join Us at Fashion Rocks Autism 2019!

By SafeMinds Board Member Katie Wright Please join me at SafeMinds’ Fashion Rocks Autism on November 8th! I promise you will have a great time! You’ll be with people with autism, parents of people with autism, families, friends, elected officials, pageant queens (no joke!), and listen to amazing live music. If you are able, please […]

September 17, 2019

Welcome Heidi Scheer, Autism Mom, International Autism Advocate, and Mrs. USA 2019 to SafeMinds Board of Directors

By Lisa Wiederlight, M.P.P., SafeMinds Executive Director We are proud to announce that Heidi Scheer has joined SafeMinds board to further our mission of ending the autism crisis by promoting environmental research and advocating for effective treatments. Heidi is the mother of three children, one of whom regressed into autism at 18 months. This diagnosis […]

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