Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses rising, CDC says

Autism Society of North Carolina Blog

Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced new prevalence rates for Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Autism Society of North Carolina’s Director of Communications, David Laxton, participated in the conference call announcing the results of the study. Here are his notes and observations with some insights as to what the numbers mean for our state.

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data as part of their biennial estimates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevalence rates. This effort has occurred since 2000.

  • The data included new prevalence rates for the sample population of 11 states and communities that were monitored through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM). The prevalence rate of ASD is now 1 in 68, a 30 percent increase since the 2012 report, which showed it to be 1 in 88.
  • The median age of…

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