One out of 88 children in the United States falls on the autistic spectrum, according to the latest estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reported by CBS news. Previous statistics estimated that 1 out of every 110 children had some type of autistic disorder, according to the CDC.
Today, we are seeing a 25% increase. Autism is said to affect more than one million children and teens in the United States.
As published in the March 29 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, here are some of the statistics that the CDC has recently reported when they researched 14 different areas of the United States:
- Boys are approximately five times more likely to be diagnosed with autism in the U.S. than girls
- An estimated one in 54 boys have autism
- An estimated one in 252 girls have autism
- The number said to have some kind of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ranged from 1 in 210 children in Alabama to 1 in 47 children in Utah
- The largest increases of children on the ASD scale were among Hispanic and black children
- More children are being diagnosed on the ASD scale by age 3
According to CBS news,
For 2012, the National Institutes of Health invested $169 million in autism research to improve screening and diagnosis, develop effective services and resources for families, identify potential risk factors in the environment that may cause the disorder, and for testing potential treatments.