The Rise in Autism
1980: 1 in 10,000
1995: 1 in 500
2001: 1 in 250
2004: 1 in 166
2007: 1 in 150
2009: 1 in 110
2012: 1 in 88
2014: 1 in 68
2015: 1 in 45*

In 2014, there were 1,082,353 cases of autism.

The estimate is 1 in 2 children will have autism by 2032, 80% of boys; according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Researcher, MIT.

* A new government survey finds that 2.24% of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with autism--or 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older. This new report is based on data collected during the yearly National Health Interview Survey, from interviews of parents about their children, and is the first report of the prevalence of autism in the U.S. to include data from the years 2011 to 2014, according to the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Autism is the leading developmental disability in the U.S.

Autism is more common than AIDS, cancer and diabetes combined.

The life-time cost to care for an individual with autism is estimated to range between $3.2 and $5 million, we think that estimate is low.

l  1% of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder1

l  Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4% from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68)2

l  Ratios,1 in 34 boys, 1 in 189 girls (CDC 2014)

l  Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

l  About 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder3

l  Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate4

l  10 - 17 % annual growth5

l  67 children are diagnosed every day (Autism Society 2007)

l  A new case is diagnosed almost every 8 minutes (Autism Society 2015)

1. Pediatrics, October 5, 2009, based on a National Children’s Health Survey done with 78,000 parents in 2007.

2. "Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, United States " Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 27, 2014.

3. Buescher et al,. 2014 researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

4. “Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Changes in the California Caseload, An Update June 1987 June 20007.” Cavagnaro, Andre T., California Health and Human Services Agency. State of California 2003 survey of developmental disabilities.

5. Autism Society estimate based on 2003 US state educational data

One in 50 children in Katy has been identified with
an autism spectrum disorder;

there is hope.

Katy Autism Support was founded in 2007 as a support group for caregivers of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder living in Katy, Texas.

Katy Autism Support Yahoo Message Board Moved on Sunday, May 22, 2016!!

Effective Sunday, May 22, 2016 Katy Autism Support Yahoo message board moved to a new closed discussion Facebook group. The old Yahoo archived messages will still be searchable but no one will be able to post new messages and no new subscription requests are being approved. The current Facebook page will be rolled into the new discussion group at the end of the month. The new Facebook discussion group is a closed group where members are able to post questions, share events, links, upload photos, etc. The name of the new group is Katy Autism Support Discussion Group and can be located here:

Beginning with the October 2016 meeting, in-person support meetings will now occur quarterly. 1st Quarter meeting is in January on the 3rd Tuesday of the month; 2nd Quarter meeting is in April on the 3rd Tuesday of the month; 3rd Quarter meeting is in August on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (due to the summer recess); and 4th Quarter meeting is in October on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Meeting time and location remain the same; 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Asbury Hall, Katy, Texas 77450. 

Free childcare is available during the monthly meeting, however, you'll need to RSVP to Sarah Morrison at 24 hours in advance to reserve a spot for your child(ren).

Why the change?

  • The board feels the Yahoo group is obsolete and an outdated element when compared to how nearly everyone is using and engaging in social media.
  • Currently, Katy Autism Support has 1,409 “Likes” on its Facebook page which was launched in 2011, and 837 Yahoo message board members launched in December 2007, clearly Facebook receives more traffic.
  • It’s much easier to manage a Facebook page, and it’s easier to post events using pictures instead of attachments that a lot of people don’t open in message board posts.
  • Sometimes members will post just a link to an article or a website without an explanation so other members aren’t sure if the link leads to spam or something autism related.
  • Members email accounts get hacked from time to time and sends out links to spam.
  • Too many people don’t sign their name to their posts even after the message board rules have been posted frequently this year.
  • It’s too time consuming to have to post the same information in 3 different areas & platforms (Yahoo, Facebook, and website).
  • The board receives messages from too many different sources (Yahoo, Facebook comments, and Pages app for Facebook private messages. It’s become too cumbersome & unmanageable.
  • The KAS board’s kids are growing up fast and their needs are great. We must streamline the function.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Cynthia Reece at

Thank you for your continued participation. 

Katy Autism Support will be hosting a playtime event at the new We Rock the Spectrum, May 28:

Katy Autism Support is Hosting a free Playtime Event at We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym—Katy

Please RSVP to the event that corresponds with your child(ren)'s age(s) at and leave a comment with the time slot you're signing up for and the number of children.

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016

Times: 10:30—12:00 for toddlers to 10 year olds; 12:00—1:30 for 11 year olds & older

Location: 2020 Katy Hockley Cut Off Rd #2d, Katy, TX 77493, (281) 665-1440

The gym can accommodate about 20 children at a time. A parent must be present with their child(ren) at all times. 

RapidWristbands, a Houston-based custom wristband maker has donated gel autism awareness and anti-bullying bracelets to Katy Autism Support so I will be handing them out to attendees until we run out, so be sure to pick one up at the playtime event.


iFly Indoor Skydiving "All Abilities Night" May Event:

iFly Indoor Skydiving "All Abilities Night" event for a night for special needs children and their families to fly in a supportive environment.  

iFly in Houston has reached out to the KAS community and offered a special package to children with autism on Tuesday, May 31, at 5:00 pm (4:00 pm) and at 5:30 pm (4:30 pm), arrival time is 1 hour before flight time.

They’ll get you airborne in a safe and fun environment. Every package includes a pre-flight training session, all the necessary flight gear (suit, helmet, goggles), friendly instruction from a certified flight guide. Each 30 minute time block will accommodate 8 people, so a total of 16 people can participate during this event.

Date: Tuesday. May 31
Times: 5:00 pm (check in time 4:00 pm) and at 5:30 pm (check in time 4:30 pm),
Location: 9540 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas
Contact: Teary Seng, (281) 942-4359
Cost: $50 per person 

More information:

  • Flyers must be over 3 years of age.
  • Participants must weigh 230 lbs. or less if under 6 ft tall, 250 lbs or less if over 6ft
  • Folks with recent shoulder dislocations, back, neck and heart problems should check with a doctor before flying.

CareStarter Connections App Launched 2015 in Houston, Texas:

CareStarter Connections App is a complete resource guide for families of kids with special needs, and best of all, it's free! The goal is to connect caregivers with providers, organizations and other resources in their community to help them along their path of care
The Connections App, powered by CareStarter Technologies®, facilitates the delivery of comprehensive, individualized, coordinated care at a time when caregivers need it most. To learn more, click on this link:


Come Find Us:
Find us on Facebook by typing Katy Autism Support Discussion Group in your Facebook search bar or click on the link below:

Beginning with the October 2016 in-person support meetings will now occur quarterly. 1st Quarter meeting is in January on the 3rd Tuesday of the month; 2nd Quarter meeting is in April on the 3rd Tuesday of the month; 3rd Quarter meeting is in August on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (due to the summer recess); and 4th Quarter meeting is in October on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Meeting time and location remain the same; 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Asbury Hall, Katy, Texas 77450. 

Free childcare is available at monthly support meetings but a spot(s) must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance; please contact Sarah Morrison, special needs ministry coordinator ONLY to RSVP FOR CHILDCARE at Please contact Cynthia Reece at
for other questions and requests. You do not need to RSVP to attend a meeting.

Caregiver Safety Toolkit:

In 2012, the National Autism Association found that from 2009 to 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with autism subsequent to wandering, and that 23% of total wandering-related deaths occurred while the child was in the care of someone other than a parent. 
You can download a caregivers toolkit from the National Autism Association Safety Initiative's AWAARE website, download and begin using your Big Red Safety Toolkit today. Enclosed, you will find:
•Caregiver Checklist
•Family Wandering Emergency Plan (FWEP)
•First-responder profile form. Please fill out and provide a copy to your local law enforcement agencies.
•Swimming Lessons Tool
•Root-cause Scenario & Strategies Tool
•Stop Sign Prompts
•Social Stories
•Caregiver Log
•Sample IEP Letter. (Never allow restraint/seclusion practices into any IEP as this increases associated risks)
•How To Get Tracking Technology In Your Town
•General Awareness Letter: share with schools, homeowner’s association, law enforcement agencies, 
physicians, etc.

•Five Affordable Safety Tools
•Caregiver Resources One-sheeter

A video for first responders by National Autism Association:

Thank you to the National Autism Association for the use of its graphic artwork "I Love Someone With Autism To Pieces" JPEG. Katy Autism Support is grateful to NAA for all the hard work they do to help families with a loved one on the autism spectrum.

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