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Autism Awareness: Time to Focus On the Future

As many in Indiana show their support on World Autism Awareness Day, some say more needs to be done to improve the lives of people who are affected by autism.

Dana Renay with the Autism Society of Indiana says the state has done a good job providing early intervention opportunities that are extremely beneficial, but she says the focus needs to change, to include helping those with autism as they become adults and want to enter the workforce.

New statistics from the C-D-C find one in 68 people is diagnosed with the disorder, a 30-percent increase in two years.

Since more people with autism will be entering college and the job market in the coming years, Renay says there should be greater emphasis on job training and services to help support those transitions.