In the Rochester/Finger Lakes area, more than 10,000 people are estimated to be living with autism — the fastest-growing developmental disability in the nation.
One in 68 children — 1 in 42 boys and and 1 in 189 girls — are identified as having autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lifelong condition affects communication, interaction, behaviors and learning in different ways. The number of children diagnosed with ASD continues to rise each year.
The situation can be overwhelming.