Talk about timing.
On March 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new analysis of the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and concluded that the latest statistics, from 2010, reveal the disorder now occurs in one out of every 68 American children.
That’s a 33 percent increase over the prevalence estimated in a previous study of 2008 statistics that concluded 1 in 88 children have the disorder.
The new data were released on the eve of World Autism Awareness Day – April 2 – and reverberated through the autism community like an earthquake.
Raw figures, of course, don’t tell the whole story, and some of the nuances are even more disturbing to parts of the demographic pool. For boys, it turns out, the prevalence is 1 in 42, while girls have “only” a 1 in 189 chance of exhibiting the disorder. Non-Hispanic white children had a significantly higher incidence than did Hispanic or African-American children.