Autism Rate Changes to 1 in 59

A new report was released from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report estimates that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The new figure represents a 15% increase from the previous estimate of 1 in 68. The report is based on a study conducted from 2014 of 8-year-olds diagnosed with ASD in 11 communities across the nation that make up the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM).

“The CDC launched the ADDM in 2000 to collect data that would provide estimates of the prevalence of ASD and other developmental disabilities. The agency laid the groundwork for the network in 1996, when it developed a methodology for estimating autism prevalence using information from children’s health and education records.”

Some of the factors explaining variations across the network include “differences in policies that affect access to services and differences in how children are screened, evaluated and diagnosed in those communities,” shares Daisy Christensen, co-author of the new report.

In response to the report, The Autism Society shared that “while much of the nation’s discussion has been on what has caused the increase, unfortunately little was discussed about the needs of all impacted by autism. Little has been mentioned about the growing disparity in accessing services based on income.”

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Click here to learn more about the report from the CDC.

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