Autism Prevalence

The CDC tracks autism prevalence in the U.S. to better understand the scope and impact autism has upon children, families, and communities. Additionally, service providers and organizations use these findings when preparing to meet the support needs of the families they serve. In this article, we will highlight some key findings from the CDC’s most recent autism prevalence report as well as answer some frequently asked questions about autism prevalence, such as: whether or not the increase in autism prevalence is due to better diagnosing, what causes autism, how the CDC determines autism rates, and more.

About Autism

What is Autism? Autism is a developmental disability which causes significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, the combination of symptoms and their level of severity varies from person to person. Diagnosis criteria for autism is specific, a person must exhibit the following symptoms to a degree that significantly impairs […]

Autism Groups React to New CDC-Reported Prevalence of 1 in 68 Children

WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2014)—Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the newest autism prevalence statistics. For children born in 2002, the prevalence of autism was 1 in 68; 1 in 42 boys. Almost 60,000 US 12 year-olds likely have autism.

Latest Autism Statistics

Autism Occurrence Revised Estimates of the Cost of the Autism Epidemic (July 2015) New Rate of Autism 1 in 68 (March 2014) The complete CDC report “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010” dated March 28, 2014 New Parent survey […]