April 18, 2012      

The numbers for autism are staggering:

1.8 million cases of autism in the U.S.
1 case diagnosed every 20 minutes
24,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. every year.
Lifetime care for an autistic person: $3.2 million.
Autism care costs annually in U.S.: $35 billion.

Bonnie Gamane speaks wistfully as she recalls the day last year when a robot named Millennia visited the school she administers. What she saw were children with autism interacting with the robot in a way they never had before inter...

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