Prevalence of Autism in the United States

 

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Brennan Marilla, a former vice president of US sales at Medtronic in Santa Rosa, California, is a passionate philanthropist. Brennan Marilla is particularly supportive of Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to promoting awareness about autism spectrum disorder.

Over the last four decades, the prevalence of autism in the United States has increased ten-fold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated one in 68 American children can be found somewhere along the autism spectrum. Though some of this growth can be attributed to more effective research methods and expanded efforts, the reason for this increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) findings is not fully understood.

Advanced studies have allowed medical professionals to develop a more nuanced view of autism in America. In the United States, a male child is four to five times more likely to have autism, or about one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls. In total, more than 3 million Americans live with ASD, while the annual rate of growth among the ASD population fluctuates between 10 and 17 percent. To learn more, visit www.autismspeaks.org.

Autism Speaks Offers Popular Team Up! Events

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Brennan Marilla is the former vice president of US Endovascular sales for Medtronic. Outside of his professional life, Brennan Marilla is a frequent traveler, community volunteer, and committed supporter of Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping fund research for people with autism and working to create treatments and a potential cure for autism. A relatively recent charitable organization, Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 and has grown into a globally recognized and significant organization in its 11 years of service. Assisted by volunteers, Autism Speaks holds a variety of events year-round in order to raise the funds needed to reach its goals.

Among the most popular options for volunteers are Autism Speaks’ “Team Up!” events. Team Up! is an athletic event with multiple options for participants, where people can choose from a variety of different athletics to fundraise in. The main options are marathons, cycling, and swimming events, which garner the most attendees, but Autism Speaks also allows volunteers to create their own event or sport, and be as creative as rappelling off a building, cliff climbing, or base jumping. All proceeds directly benefit research related to autism, as well as patient care for those who have been diagnosed. To learn more, visit autismspeaks.org.