Making sense of the nonsense in the world of autism
Thursday, March 29, 2012
New CDC Autism Number - 1 in 88
As expected, the CDC announced yet another major increase in the estimated prevalence of autism. As of 2008, 1 in 88 eight year old children had a form of autism. To put this increase into perspective, consider the CDC's published autism rates for 2000 to 2008.
See the pattern? Maybe this will help.
Or consider this little fact - the CDC's estimated prevalence of autism has almost doubled went up 78% in the span of eight six years. If the current pattern holds (and I hope it doesn't), children born today would have about a 1 in 50 chance of having a form of autism.
If you are interested, the full report is available here.