I read an article recently over the holiday that kinda caught me off-guard. It stated that “Autism rates are much higher than originally thought but may have stabilized in the past few years”. This is according to a new study. According to the US National Institutes of Health, an estimated 2.41 percent of children in the US have Autism Spectrum Disorder. This stat in and of itself kinda surprised me. I thought it was more, to be honest with you. As of the publishing of the article on Jan. 2, 2018, 1 in 41 children have Autism. Um…from past numbers (1 in 50, etc.) that number isn’t stabilized…IT’S INCREASING! Right or wrong, I think we can all agree that Autism isn’t going anywhere. It’s here to stay. Whether you think that is “good” or “bad” is up to you. I am not here to debate with you. But let me say this: If it were your child who had ASD, or if it were you yourself, wouldn’t you want a like-minded individual you could sorta kinda “vent” to about life and issues? I have a few people like that and feel enriched because of it. Autistic or not, we all want some kind of understanding and peace of mind. Whether the stats are rising, lowering, or “stabilizing” is not up to me to say. I am not a scientist who studies these kind of things. I am just an average 27 year old person on the Autism Spectrum trying to make his way and niche by educating people about Autism. As a disclaimer, I do NOT know all there is to know about Autism and how it impacts people. Hell, I don’t even understand why it impacts me in some of the ways it does. All I want is for people to just listen and if I can get through to just one “normal” person, my work is done. Because they will tell one of their “normal” friends about it and they will tell one of their friends and so on and so on. As always, thanks for reading and Happy 2018! Tom Whalen out.