by Jonathan Slack, Market Research & Development Specialist, AHSS
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the prevalence rate of autism in children has increased rapidly over the past fifteen years from 1 in 150 children in 2000 to 1 in 68 children today. The CDC will once again be collecting data on the prevalence rate in 2016, but this time they will assess records of 4-year-old children.
This change was long overdue. With individuals on the autism spectrum being diagnosed earlier and earlier, this change will enable the CDC’s data to be more accurate.
- 2010’s prevalence rate of 1 in 68 came from studying 8 year old children, meaning there was an eight year lag time between their birth and the time of calculating the incidence rate.
- This meant that the actual prevalence rate in 2010 was much higher than was being reported.
- Now that the CDC will be incorporating younger children in their data set, the prevalence rate will be more accurate – thus adding more credibility to the CDC’s tabulations.
- This increased credibility will further fuel and drive autism awareness around the country
To read more about the changes the CDC will be implementing, please read this article.