CDC Releases New Autism Prevalence Information:
1 in 49 NJ children, 1 in 88 nationally
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases the report Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 14 States, United States, 2008. The findings are outlined below:
1 in 49
Boys: 1 in 29
Girls: 1 in 172
Average age of autism diagnosis is 3 years, 2 months old (earlier than in previous studies)
1 in 88
Boys: 1 in 54
Girls: 1 in 252
Average age of autism diagnosis is 4 years old (earlier than in previous studies)
78% increase in prevalence comparing the 2012 study that looked at the data from children who were 8 years old in 2008 to the 2007 study that looked at the data from children who were 8 years old in 2002 data
NJ has the 2nd highest prevalence (Utah and Arizona are 1st and 3rd.)
(While NJ had the highest prevalence rate according to a study published in 2007, NJ was ranked 3rd behind Arizona and Missouri in a 2009 study.)
CDC Community Report – http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/documents/ADDM-2012-Community-Report.pdf
For a full report, visit http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6103a1.htm?s_cid=ss6103a1_e
For a transcript of the CDC Telebriefing on the Prevalence of ASDS, visit www.cdc.gov/media
“The results tell us that many NJ families need help. NJ must commit to a comprehensive, state-wide plan to work toward a continuum of services and supports through the life span, as needed, when needed. Advocacy is essential to Autism New Jersey’s mission. As advisors on laws and regulations to state and federal decision makers, treatment professionals, educators, media, families and the general population, Autism New Jersey directly impacts individuals with autism and NJ’s autism community everyday and for a lifetime. 1 in 49: Now is the time to join us.”
-Dr. Linda Meyer, Autism New Jersey Executive Director
“As a parent, the rates affect my family when they are used to direct funding, help agencies develop necessary services and create community awareness about the scope of autism. As the Conference Director at Autism New Jersey, the rates put into perspective the need for valuable information found at Autism New Jersey’s Annual Conference.”
-Barbra Wells, Autism New Jersey Conference Director and Ian’s Mom
“In my advocacy role as a professional and a parent of an adult with autism, I believe prevalence rates must be responded to with evidence-based treatment and compassion for each individual on the spectrum.”
-Bob Titus, Autism New Jersey Public Policy Director and Joe’s Dad
“As a parent, it hopefully will make the healthcare and educational professionals more aware of the issues that face our families and take notice that autism is not going away. As a professional, I feel my job is more relevant than ever in helping families obtain needed services for their children.”
-Sarah Andrews, Autism New Jersey Information Coordinator and Jacob and Benjamin’s Mom
“I hope the new information on autism prevalence rates will have a positive impact on individuals like my daughter, regardless of where they are on the spectrum. This also applies to my viewpoint as a professional. People with autism have needs ranging from quite profound to subtle.”
-Elena Graziosi, Autism New Jersey Information Coordinator and Katia’s Mom
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