The goal of the Marc Ryan Anderson-Ferraro Foundation is to provide people with autism and other developmental disabilities the best possible opportunities for lifetime support, training and assistance in helping them reach their highest potential for independence, productivity and fulfillment. We work with families and other groups in living out our mission.
Key facts - from the World Health Organization
- 1 in 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
- ASD begins in childhood but tend to persist into adolescence and adulthood.
- While some people with ASD are able to live independent and productive lives, others have severe disabilities and require life-long care and support.
- Evidence-based psychosocial interventions, such as behavioural treatment, can reduce difficulties in communication and social behaviour, with a positive impact on wellbeing and quality of life.
- Interventions targeting people with ASD need to be accompanied by broader actions for making physical, social and attitudinal environments more accessible, inclusive and supportive.
- Worldwide, people with ASD are often subject to stigma, discrimination and human rights violations. Globally, access to services and support for people with ASD is inadequate.