The startling facts about childhood autism
For 2016-2017, the Grand Royal Arch Chapter’s Fundraising Committee and RAMCF are continuing the “Autism. Part of the puzzle is still missing. You.” campaign to bring awareness of – and solutions to – our Foundation’s main concern, childhood autism.
What is autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances.
Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.
Facts about autism
Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. There is no medical detection or cure for autism.
It affects one in 88 children and one in 54 boys. It is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States.
Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases. It costs a family $60,000 a year, on average.
Why did we choose autism?
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons Charitable Foundation chose autism for its charitable cause because the Grand Chapter believes this cause to be of utmost importance and has a history of providing charity to various organizations involved in autism research and care. MarcFirst, a Normal, Illinois-based organization, provides direct care to local children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, supports their families, and makes it possible for those with disabilities to realize their dreams and desires. And, unlike many other autism organizations, 100% of the money given to MarcFirst will go toward the care of those with developmental disabilities, such as autism.
What can you do?
You can help support the Royal Arch Masons Charitable Foundation’s (RAMCF) efforts by making a direct donation to the RAMCF*, purchasing any of our items given in thanks for a monetary donation, join our long-term endowment fund campaign, the Society of Zerubbabel, or make a donation online at our GoFundMe page.
*Your gift may be tax deductible (the RAMCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization), so check with your tax advisor.
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Check out our GoFundMe page to help the RAMCF meet its 2016-2017 online donation goal of $10,000. Every little bit helps, even just a dollar or two. Donate today.