A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that autism now affects 1 in 68 children aged eight years.
The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased 30 percent since the last report was issued in 2012. Now, one in 42 boys are diagnosed with autism every year as compared to the previous statistic of one in 54 boys living with the diagnosis. The disorder is still less common in girls, being found in one in 189 girls aged eight years.
In a press release issued today, Autism Speaks President Liz Feld said, “Autism is a pressing public health crisis that must be prioritized at the national level. We need a comprehensive strategy that includes the research community, policymakers, educators, and caregivers coming together to address our community’s needs across the lifespan.”
With National Autism Awareness Month approaching, we urge you to stay informed and spread the word about this new statistic. You can read the complete study at on the CDC website.
As the number of individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder continues to grow, it is even more important for the Dan River Region to come together in support of the one in 68 individuals with autism. All community members are invited to show their support by participating in the 3rd Annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5k on April 26, 2014. Register online today: danriverautism5k.eventbrite.com
Funds raised through the 5k support the Autism Education Fund of the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.
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