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For more autism resources check out the following organizations:

Autism Speaks,;National Autism Association,;Talk About Curing Autism,;Autism Society of Illinois,

The Autism Society of Illinois will host its 32nd Annual Conference on Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights, IL. For more information call (888) 691-1270 or e-mail The conference is for parents and professionals.

Making medical news tonight-- Autism on the rise, according to new statistics. The latest figures show more children are now diagnosed with autism than even the experts had predicted.

The Centers for Disease Control is calling autism an urgent public health concern. Families who have been impacted say they've known for years more research and more resources are needed to help their children.

For years families have blamed vaccines for causing autism. There is no definitive study linking the two. There are studies that show children with autism spectrum disorders have high levels of metals in their body. They have trouble communicating, socializing and can, at times, experience high anxiety, compulsive and rigid behaviors.

The number of diagnosed cases has skyrocked from 1 in 10,000 a decade ago to now 1 in 91 children with autism.

The disorder affects boys far more, at a rate of 1 in 58. The Autism Society of Illinois says the increase is no surprise. The center has seen a 70% surge in the number of calls for help.

Karen McDonough, Executive Director, Autism Society of Illinois: "Certainly there's probably some better diagnosing involved but to say that these rates have always been this high seems unreasonable to me. We have to think there is some sort of environmental health issue at work here."

That's why they say more study is needed to figure out the true root cause of autism, which tends to manifest itself at age two. But for families they need resources as well ... social workers, help getting individualized education plans (IEPs) at school ... true ways to give their kids coping skills for life.

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