March 27, 2012
New Autism Prevalence Numbers: 1 in 68 Children Affected with ASD
The CDC announced today that autism affects 1 in 68 individuals under 21 living in the U.S.; for the hundreds of thousands of people who have, or are now living with autism, the pressing needs are for support, education, and health care. The lack of training infrastructure for professionals who might help this population as it ages, and the urgent need for evidence-based treatments adversely affect millions of Americans. These shortcomings are acute in terms of early intervention as well as in treatments for symptoms, and the challenges experienced by adults.
Because so many research studies now demonstrate complex genetic/environmental (epigenetic) interactions as causal, it is imperative that the Federal government fund investigation of the environmental aspects in order to protect the health and future opportunities for generations to come.
A transcript of the briefing: CDC online newsroom
The CDC's announcement is online - Learn More
Read the study, Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010, here