April is Autism Awareness Month, and the latest statistics on autism are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 100 individuals are diagnosed with autism each year. The numbers are even more troubling for New Jersey: 1 in 90 among the general population and 1 in 74 among boys.
The Ridgewood-based Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation aims to help. It's the first national autism organization focused exclusively on supporting adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Started in 2002 by Linda Walder Fiddle, the Fiddle Foundation recently was featured in a segment on WPIX 11 Morning News. Parade magazine also quoted Linda Fiddle in a story about the challenges facing a 20-year-old autistic woman.
"We're at the moment of truth to address the numbers of children aging into adulthood," she says. "Their lives are hanging over a cliff, and we must not let them fall."
Linda Fiddle formed the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation in memory of her son Danny, who was autistic and died when he was 9 years old. For more information, visit the foundation's website.