Autism Awareness

In honor of Autism Awareness Day I thought it would be fit to acknowledge the significance of raising awareness.  

 

According to the CDC: 

About 1 in 68 or 1.5% of children were identified with ASD based on tracking in 11 communities across the United States in 2012.

  • According to previous reports, the percentage of children identified with ASD increased between 2002 and 2010.
  • The new report shows no change between 2010 and 2012 in the percentage of children identified with ASD.

"Most children identified with ASD had concerns about their development noted in their health and/or special education records by age 3 years. Yet, less than half of children with ASD received a comprehensive developmental evaluation by this same age. A lag between first concern and first comprehensive developmental evaluation may affect when children are being diagnosed and connected to the services they need."

 "Black and Hispanic children are less likely to be identified with ASD. Those that are identified with ASD receive comprehensive developmental evaluations later than white children who are identified with ASD." 

 

Resources: 

http://www.cdc.gov/features/new-autism-data/index.html

Photo Credit: https://www.autismspeaks.org/liub