Autism Rates Rising

April 2 has been designated globally as World Autism Awareness Day, while the whole month of April is Autism Awareness Month.  While raising awareness, let’s also consider a few facts to think critically about.   Did you know that the most recently released stat is that 1 in 50 kids in America are diagnosed with ASD?  The Center for Disease Control announced this stat last month in March.  This is a drastic increase from the previous stat of 1 in 88.  The CDC, however, stated that different methods were used to collect these recent survey results than that of the older stat that was released in 2008.

So what does this mean? Is the rate of autism actually increasing at a rapid rate, or does it mean that we have a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, which in turn increases the number of youth diagnosed with ASD?

What we do know for sure is that there definitely needs to be more funding towards helping both children and adults with ASD. The NY Daily News brought up an excellent point in one of their articles – if Autism is shown to be a growing health concern and is becoming more common, governments will be more willing to invest money in healthcare and social programs related to Autism. This could mean less wait times for access to services and more affordable programming and care.

With these promising potentials looming ahead, continued studies on rates and impacts of Autism are more than needed to help urge governments to more supports in place.

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