Autism statistics from the CDC identify around 1 in 54 American children are on the autism-spectrum; a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies demonstrate that autism is five times more likely in boys than girls. An estimated one out of 42 boys and one in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States. Autism is more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.
In March 2020 the Centers for Disease Control released the biennial update on autism’s estimated prevalence among the nation’s children, based on a 2016 medical and/or school records of 8-year-old from 11 monitoring sites across the United States. There were some important progress made in key indicators: for the first time, prevalence rates are the same for black and white children indicating that gaps in access to screening and diagnosis may be closing.
Autism Speaks listed several other key findings from the 2020 CDC report:
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