COLUMBIA (WACH)" Autism has stricken over 1.5 million people in the United States, and an estimated 42,000 in South Carolina. The developmental disability typically appears during the first 3 years of life, and is classified as a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain.
According to the South Carolina Autism Society President Craig Stoxen, is diagnosed once in every 110 individuals, with symptoms that can range from mild to severe, and are predominantly found in boys.
Since 1972 the South Carolina Autism Society has helped provide care to children and adults, information and support. According to Stoxen, the SCAS holds many events to help raise awareness and funds to assist with their mission.
On October 15, the SCAS Annual Conference welcomes guest speaker Dr. Temple Grandin, who herself was a child with autism. In addition to the conference, the SCAS Golf Tournament is scheduled for October 31.
Information on the mission of the SCAS and the planned October events can be found on the south Carolina Autism Society website .