Friday, April 1, 2011

Autism Awareness Month: Best places to live if you have autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, and to kick off events, the advocacy group Autism Speaks is releasing results of its first online community survey on livability.The organization used the data to generate a list of places to live for people with autism, reporting the places most often cited by respondents for best availability of services and resources, including educational offerings and recreational and medical services.In the top 10 were, in no particular order: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, Northern New Jersey, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle and Milwaukee.The worst places -- the states generating the most negative responses -- included Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, Michigan and (despite L.A.'s high ranking) California, according to a news release.Surveys came from 848 "members of the autism community" living in the lower 48 states and the District of Columbia. Seventy-four percent were generally unhappy with the availability of services for autism where they live, while 26% -- 220 people in all -- said they were generally happy.

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