Autism rates soar, federal funding urged
The rate of autism and related conditions continues to climb sharply in the United States, with new figures showing that 1 in 68 children has been identified with the serious communication and behavior deficits that lead to a diagnosis. A report released Thursday morning by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 14.7 per 1,000 8-year-olds have been identified with what is now called autism spectrum disorder – 30 percent higher than a 2012 estimate and more than double the rate in a 2007 report. Increased awareness and detection explain part of the dramatic jump, but experts such as Dr. Bryan King, director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, believe that the disorder is rising among children. “I’m not willing to chalk up a 200 percent increase in numbers to greater awareness,” he said.
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