The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released its newest report from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, an ongoing surveillance system that provides estimates on the prevalence of autism.
What the Report Showed:
According to the findings from the ADDM network, which were based on data reported from 11 sites, the overall prevalence of autism is 16.8 per 1000 children 8 years of age in the surveillance year of 2014. Specifically these findings indicate:
- Autism now affects 1 in 59 children in the U.S.
- Estimates ranged from 1 in 77 in Arkansas to 1 in 34 in New Jersey
- Of the 1 in 59 diagnosed with autism, over half are classified as having an intellectual disability or borderline intellectual disability
- With an increase of 150% since 2000, CDC notes in its report that autism is an urgent public health concern