New Autism Prevalence Rates Released by the CDC
One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 27.
Main findings of the report:
- The estimated number of children identified with ASD continues to rise. The latest estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than estimates reported in 2012.
- Researchers reviewed health and educational records in 2010 of more than 5,300 8-year-old children in 11 states: Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey.
- The data continues to show that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than girls: 1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls.
- However, the picture of ASD in communities is changing. Almost half of children identified with ASD have average or above average intellectual ability (an IQ of 85 and above) compared to a third of children a decade ago.
Most children are still not diagnosed until after age four, even though ASD can be diagnosed by age two.
Make the First Five Count is an advocacy and awareness campaign designed by Easter Seals to get children at risk of developmental delays or disabilities the right support. The Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ) —a free screening tool is available for parents to simply answer age-specific questions to see if their child’s developmental progress is on schedule.
“The most important thing for parents to do is act early. Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago (ESMC) provides services and support to individuals living with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities. We are committed to providing a continuum of services from early intervention through adulthood, in addition to early detection training partnerships with universities and hospitals,” said Chief Operating Officer Barbara Zawacki.
About Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago maximizes independence and creates opportunities for people with disabilities and other special needs to live, learn, work and play in their communities by providing a lifespan of premier services.
ESMC offers a wide range of programs, some of which include:
- two Early Interventions Programs (services from birth to age three)
- two Child Development Centers (services from six months to age five)
- two of The Autism Program (TAP) Service Centers (serving parents, professionals and individuals with ASD)
- three Autism Therapeutic Schools (serving students from ages 3 to 22)
- two Adult Vocational Programs (serving adults with ASD from ages 22 and older)
- HarrysButtons.com at Easter Seals (a micro-enterprise that supports meaningful employment for individuals with ASD)
To learn more about Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, visit our website at www.eastersealschicago.org or www.eastersealsandautism.com