Autism Prevalence Rates – New 2016 Report

Autism Rates

April 1, 2016 – Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the incidence rate of autism among eight year olds in the United States remains at 1 out of 68 children.

This updated report occurs every two years, with the previous report being released from the CDC in April 2014. To read the full report go here. The report is based on data collected from the Autism and Development Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) which has 11 sites across the United States, including a site in southeastern Wisconsin. Wisconsin specific data show that 1 in 92 children (age 8) have Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is an increase from 1 in 102 children from the 2014 report. Read more about Wisconsin specific data here.

“Today’s announcement that the updated incidence rate of autism has not changed in the past two years tells us that there continues to be a significant number of individuals with an autism diagnosis who need the help of our organization. The CDC’s advisement that the updated incidence rate should not be considered an indication of stabilization of the incidence of autism, reaffirms the importance of the Autism Society’s commitment to addressing the continued disparity among children based on their race as to when an early diagnosis occurs. We know that the earlier an individual receives a diagnosis, the better it is to help support the needs of the individual diagnosed,” said Scott Badesch, President/CEO of the Autism Society of America.

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