A very good article regarding how the CDC comes up with Autism rates in the US. My son, who is not diagnosed with autism but carries an Educational Autism classification was in Missouri’s reporting class for 2008 (with DOB in 2000). He has early medical records indicating possible Autism (from SLP and Dev. Ped) and some confusion in his early school records regarding him being dx with autism (which he was not). So it is interesting to understand that he may have been counted in the 1:88 children with autism, despite not having it.
by Matt Carey
There has been a great deal of media coverage recently about the new autism prevalence estimate released by the CDC. The CDC provides a good summary page on prevalence data as well as the full report. If those who may see the report as a bit long, here is a bit of a summary of the findings.
The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) releases autism prevalence estimates as part of their MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report). They also maintain a page of information on autism. Today the CDC released the latest MMWR on autism: Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 14 Sites, United States, 2008. The one number from it that will be quoted most often is “1 in 88”, the new prevalence estimate.
The researchers working for the CDC use existing records:…
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