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With autism diagnoses on the rise, autism awareness organizations are banding together to increase early detection and education practices for students with the disorder.

According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly 1 percent of all children in the United States were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in 2009—an increase from the 1 in 150 children diagnosed in 2007.

Hoping children on the autism spectrum might be diagnosed at an earlier age,...

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