Autism Prevalence is Now 1 in 36, Signifying the 22% Increase in Prevalence Rates Reported by the CDC Since 2021
The Autism Community in Action (TACA) shared that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, autism prevalence has significantly increased to 1 in 36 U. S. children diagnosed with autism. The CDC introduced the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) 16 years ago. The first report concluded 1 in 150 U. S. individuals are diagnosed with autism. In 2023, this number increased by 22 percent in two years and 317 percent since the CDC began counting.
“The CDC prevalence figure is showing a true increase in those being diagnosed with autism. We are not better at diagnosing. There is no widening of the diagnostic criteria or any other excuses. We have more autism. With the reality of this increase, I hope more people will care. As the number of cases continues to increase at an alarming rate the result is more and more families and their children need services and support,” said Lisa Ackerman, Founder and Executive Director of TACA. “A prevalence of 1 in 36 cannot be disregarded. Families and their children are counting on us to care, act, and support them. We cannot ignore this epidemic.”View Full Article