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Is Autism on the Rise?

By Joseph Mitchell
January 17, 2016

Is autism on the rise? According to Autism Speaks, a leading autism science and advocacy organization:

“A new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because the new numbers come from a parent survey, they do not replace the CDC’s 1-in-68 figure as the official estimate of autism prevalence in the United States.”

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Joseph Mitchell is the preseident of Autism Chicago. He has a Master's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and can be reached via e-mail.