posted on Mar, 30 2014 @ 04:46 AM
I think this is a serious issue that needs the attention of every resource we can apply to it. The latest results released by the CDC are very
U.S. Autism Rates Jump 30% From 2012
What causes it?
One in 68 eight-year-olds in the U.S. is now affected by autism spectrum disorder, according to the latest figures from the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC). The data come from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, which has tracked the developmental
disorder periodically since 2000.
There are no shortage of suspected culprits.
Exposure to lead
Any number of other chemicals and toxins.
There really is no smoking gun right now. I think it may be a combination of all of the above. Decades worth of thousands of nuclear weapons tests
probably has played some role as well.
Are we overreacting or just slapping everything with the autism label?
Maybe a little, to a point. Autism presents itself to varying degrees, I have no doubt that some cases are mis or over-diagnosed. But based solely on
personal observation, I have noticed many more autistic individuals over the passed ten years or so. Especially in the military community among new
families. Not just autism either. Though I haven't been able to find any data on increased rates of special needs children specifically among
While definitions of autism have changed slightly during that time, experts attribute most of the increase to greater awareness of the
developmental disorder among parents, teachers, and doctors. At home, parents are more attuned to signs that their child may not be communicating
properly or acquiring the social skills needed to interact with siblings, family and friends. Teachers are also trained to recognize behavioral
symptoms in the classroom, and doctors are more comfortable asking about and diagnosing autism disorders by symptoms that usually start appearing
around age two.
This is not just an problem for the US either. And how many other countries lack the infrastructure and medical services to identify and support the
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
The global prevalence of the disorder has increased between 20 and 30 times since the late 1960s and early 1970s, CDC researchers wrote in the
new report, published March 27 in the CDC's journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
This is getting downright scary
Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network
In 2007, CDC's ADDM Network first reported that about 1 in 150 children had ASD (based on 2002 data from 14 communities). Then, in 2009, the
ADDM Network reported that 1 in 110 children had ASD (based on 2006 data from 11 communities). And, in 2012, the ADDM Network reported that 1 in 88
children had ASD (based on 2008 data from 14 communities). This means that the estimated prevalence of ASD has increased roughly 29% since 2008,
64% since 2006, and 123% since 2002.
So what can be done?
Where do we go from here?
How large of an impact does this have 10 20 30 years in the future?
I don't know.