Thursday, March 28, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month!

The Lockett Gallery at the Art Center houses the Autism exhibit
ASRC is working hard at putting together events for the month of April with the help of several other wonderful Corpus Christi organizations.  It is great to see such support in our community!  Please take a moment and look at the events coming up.  If you are interested in attending, please contact our office at 851-5111, or sign up for our social group at www/

Coming up...
Monday April 1 - the start of an Autism Art Exhibit at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. This exhibit lasts all month
Tues April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day and "Light It Up Blue"
Tues April 2, 11:30am - Parent Lunch at The Art Center's cafe
Tues April 9, 5:30pm - Dinner and Speaker: Music Therapy at Legacy Therapy
Fri April 12, 8pm - Autism Rocks! Concert and Fundraiser at the House of Rock
Tues April 16, 6:30pm - Kids Social Bingo and April Birthday celebration at First Baptist Church
Sat April 20, 10am - 7th Annual Autism Awareness Walk at Cole Park
Sat April 27, 4:30pm - Pajama party and film screening of ASD children's self-made films with STUF South Texas Underground Films.  At the Art Center of Corpus Christi.
Mon April 29, 5pm - Autism Night at the CC Museum of Science and History

Thank you to all of the sponsors and organizations for making these events possible!

Autism Rocks

Are you ready for a fun night out, that also benefits a great community organization?  Come to Autism Rocks at the House of Rock for upbeat music,  finger foods, cool "Autism Rocks" Tshirts and a Silent Auction! Bands include R&R, American Idol contestant Melissa Ann Band, and back to Corpus Christi for one night only  - Jimmy Willden.  Flatline is also returning to perform his "Autism Rap" live.

Tickets are on sale now - $10 ahead of time, and $12 at the door.  All proceeds benefit The Autism Spectrum Resource Center a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

So grab some friends - and eat, laugh and dance.  Show your shopping prowess at the Silent Auction tables - where items such as massages, spa baskets and jewelry are waiting to be taken home.  We look forward to seeing you!  Click the ticket link below to buy tickets online.  Tickets also available at our office -3440 S Alameda.

New Study Shows Autism Rate is 1 in 50

According to a new study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, autism is occurring at a rate even higher than previously believed.  Health officials say the new statistic of 1 in 50 doesn't mean autism is occurring more often, but it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder difficulties.

This new study asked over 95,000 parents for input during 2011 and 2012, and looked at children's behaviors.  It did not use medical records as the previous study reporting the statistic of 1 in 88 children.  That study had limitations as well, since the data was from 2008 and only reported on eight year old children.  Updated figures for this study are expected next year.

We've been underestimating" how common autism is, said Michael Rosanoff of Autism Speaks, an advocacy group. He believes the figure is at least 1 in 50.  

Some children with milder cases may not have been diagnosed previously, but as school becomes more demanding and social situations grow more complex, the children's disability is becoming more obvious, said Dr. Roula Choueiri, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.