Autism Diagnoses Up 78% Over Last Decade

March 29, 2012 by staff 

Autism Diagnoses Up 78% Over Last Decade, New data from the CDC shows that 1 in 88 children have autism.The number of U.S. children diagnosed with autism continues to rise, with new data announced today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that about 1 in 88 children have the disorder — a 23 percent increase in just two years, and a 78 percent increase since 2000.

The rate among boys is alarmingly high: According to CDC, 1 in 54 boys were identified as having an autism spectrum disorder, while just 1 in 252 girls were diagnosed with it.

“One thing the data tells us with certainty – there are more children and families that need help,” CDC Dr. Director Thomas Frieden said in a statement. “We must continue to track autism spectrum disorders because this is the information communities need to guide improvements in services to help children.”

Since 2000, the CDC has used surveillance reports from its Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network to track the autism rate for kids in the United States. Every two years, researchers count the number of 8-year-olds with autism in anywhere from six to 14 communities (depending on funds available for research). This year’s numbers come from data collected in 2008 from 14 communities.

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