One in 68
Experts estimate that 1 out of 68 children have an ASD, a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to the new report released by the CDC on March 27, 2014. The new report now estimates 1 in 42 boys have autism which is 4.5 times more than girls which is 1 in 189. One thing that hasn't changed over the years is that children are still being diagnosed late. According to the report, the average age of diagnosis is still over the age of 4 even though autism can be diagnosed by age 2. This is concerning because the earlier a child is diagnosed with autism the better their chances of overcoming the difficulties that come with the disorder.
IN 2002 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 150
IN 2004 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 125
IN 2006 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 110
IN 2008 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 88
Behind these numbers are REAL CHILDREN--REAL FAMILIES and it's important that each individual gets the help they need. While Illinois does have a mandate some may know as the"Autism Law" in some cases it allows policies to opt out which leaves families with few options for their child to receive therapy especially during the most critical developmental period. We ask that you contact your representatives in Congress because the need for services only begins with a diagnosis.
CDC Link: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6302a1.htm?s_cid=ss6302a1_w