TTUHSC El Paso Office of Global Health Perspective Film Series Selection – The Autism Enigma

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, The TTUHSC El Paso Office of Global Health invites you to attend this month’s Perspective Film Series selection – The Autism Enigma – Thursday, April 30, 2015, noon – 1 p.m., in the Medical Education Building, Room 1110.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and one in six children, aged three – 17, has a developmental disability. This is a 30 percent increase (from one in 88) in only two years, according to a new report released by the CDC. Autism is one of the fastest rising developmental disorders in the industrialized world.

Is autism truly on the rise, or do the new statistics simply reflect the growing awareness of the condition, the expanded definition, and other factors? If autism is on the rise – as most experts believe – what is causing the increase?

The Autism Enigma looks at the progress of an international group of scientists who are looking for clues to the baffling disorder by examining the amazingly diverse and powerful microbial ecosystem that’s an essential part of the human gastrointestinal tract, and the extraordinary efforts of parents who have been relentlessly pushing science forward in hopes of finding answers for their children’s condition.
Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.