World Autism Awareness Day
“A life of possibilities” is more than a tagline at Mosaic.
It’s a core part of who we are.
So when Swedish research team released a study a few weeks ago suggesting that people with autism die an average of 16 years sooner than those who do not have the disorder we were heartbroken.
The leading causes according to the study are heart disease, epilepsy and suicide.
Death rates could be even higher for people with autism and an intellectual disability.
About one in 68 children in the U.S. have been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“We have to be more and more sensitive to the different services this population wants and needs,” says the Rev. Dr. Jim Fruehling, a licensed psychologist and ELCA pastor who serves as Mosaic’s Vice President of Behavioral and Spiritual Supports.
We still have a lot to learn about the best ways to ensure that this community has meaningful support.
At Mosaic that means making sure that our employees have the right training.
It means advocating for adequate funding and comprehensive research so people with autism can receive the right supports to lead meaningful lives.
It means making sure that each of the people we support who have autism are able to determine what a life of possibilities looks like for them.
It’s literally a matter of life and death.
To learn more about Mosaic’s current efforts, click here.