One in 59
CDC evaluated the tracking system that is used to estimate the prevalence of ASD. Validation studies that evaluate tracking systems, such as the one, allowed CDC to make informed changes in order to provide the most complete prevalence estimates. Important findings from the study include:
- The CDC tracking system is likely not over-estimating the prevalence of ASD.
- Most children found to have an ASD by a clinical examination were also detected by the tracking system.
- The CDC tracking system missed 12 of 177 children who were examined and found to have an ASD. This results shows they are likely not counting some children with ASD.
Early detection is important. 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
IN 2010 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 68
IN 2012 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 68
IN 2014 THE AUTISM ESTIMATE WAS 1 IN 59
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