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Mar
27

Autism incidence rate now 1 in 68 says CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that one in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30 percent increase from 1 in 88 as reported by the CDC two years ago.

 

1in68illustrationThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that one in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30 percent increase from 1 in 88 as reported by the CDC two years ago.

This newest estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records from community sources that educate, diagnose, treat and/or provide services to children with developmental disabilities.

The data also showed that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than girls: 1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls.

“We believe that as the number of individuals diagnosed with autism increases, the need for awareness and guidance increases,” Jonah Weinberg, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) said. “AuSM is focused on providing effective programs and services for the Minnesota autism community and recognizes the importance of serving individuals affected by autism from very young ages through retirement.”

For more information about the CDC’s research findings, click here.

Learn more about living with ASD from autism community icon, Temple Gradin, Ph.D. as she presents an AuSM Workshop on Thursday, May 22: How People with Autism Think and Feel. The event, sponsored by Cargill, will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Click here for more information and to register.