By Lisa Ackerman
In December 2013 the University of Minnesota published a study regarding the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) population in Minneapolis. The results documented the ASD overall rate: 1 in 48. Another major finding from the Somali population showed autism rates are 1 in 32 (1.)
In a new report released today two startling findings (2) were announced:
- 2.24% of all US children have autism (increased from 1.25% from 2011-2013 data)
- 1 in 45 are now living with autism (increased 1 in 68 from a 2010 survey)
What is always incredibly shocking to me is the explaining away of any new, increased prevalence number. Here is what USA Today (3) reported:
“A new survey has found a big jump in the number of children with autism, although researchers caution that the increase is likely due to the way that questions were asked.”
I am wondering what is the most popular question today for expectant parents? Is it what car seat should we buy? Should we let the baby sleep in our bed? When should we start feeding the baby solids? Bottle or breast fed? Or is it: WILL OUR CHILD HAVE AUTISM? Sadly the rate continues to go up and for anyone planning on or having a baby I’d move the autism question to the top of your list.
Remind me again how autism is not declared an epidemic? Why is it most wish to explain autism away? Meanwhile, at TACA, we add 600 new families every month that are struggling with an autism diagnosis and concerned about their child’s future.
I am not surprised by the new autism prevalence, I am just sad. What does the number have to be for someone outside the autism community to care, activate and drive for answers?
(Note: We just made this graphic 2 weeks ago. We have to update it again.)