1. Autism is more common then childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
2. Approximately 67 million people are affected worldwide.
3. The rate of this disorder is growing 14% per year around the world. In China it is growing at a rate of 20% per year.
4. Dogs have been shown to improve autistic children’s quality of life, safety, and independence. The presence of a trained dog reduces aggressive behavior, serve as a link to the child’s community and calm them.
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