Much more has been learned about how to help children with autism, but parents still face challenges

Insider Louisville LogoThere is ample evidence that the number of individuals with autism in America is growing, and with that growth comes a better understanding of what it is and how to treat it.

There is also mounting evidence that early detection, maybe as early as age 2, can allow for intervention that will make a true difference in a child’s life.

Yet being the parent of a child on the autism spectrum remains a very difficult challenge. Sandra Duverge has faced that challenge for two decades, learning the ins and outs of school systems, medical treatments and government benefits in providing for her son, Sebastian, now 23.

“I tell parents you’re going to put all this effort in, as you would anyway for your child, and you push so your child can have a typical life and be a happy person. That’s where you spend your energy,” she says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.

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Kentucky Makes Progress in National KIDS COUNT Data Book, but 1 in 4 Children still Live in Poverty

kyaAccording to the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book that was recently release, Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, 32nd in economic well-being, 30th in education, 24th in health, and 38th in family and community.

While three of those four rankings are similar to those of the past two years (based on the same set of indicators), Kentucky’s health ranking continues to climb, from 31st in 2013 and 28th in 2014. Overall, Kentucky’s data trends mirror the data for the nation as a whole, according to the report co-released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA). The 2015 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which Passport is the Signature Sponsor of and will include county-level data and rankings, will be released in November.

“Not surprisingly, the national KIDS COUNT Data Book shows that Kentucky should both take pride in progress made in certain areas around kids’ well-being and sense real challenges when it comes to other arenas,” said KYA Executive Director Terry Brooks. “The track record reveals that we can make a difference in so many ways. In other words, supporting kids is never a question of capacity; it is a question of political will.”

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