One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from two years ago

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-- A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a stunning 30 percent increase in the number of children in the United States with autism.

According to the report, one in 68 children has autism. Just two years ago, the number was one in 88.

Part of the increase is being attributed to a growing awareness of autism.  At WPTV, NewsChannel 5 is devoting a year to autism in its Impact 5 Autism: Connecting the Pieces coverage.

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Coleen Boyle, director of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in a news conference that the growing numbers could reflect both better identification of children with autism spectrum disorders and a growing number of intelligent children with autism.

“It could be that doctors are getting better at identifying these children, there could be a growing number of children with high intelligence, or it could be both,” she said.

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The information was reported in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The study found autism is more common in boys than girls.  It said one in every 42 boys is on the autism spectrum.  In comparison one in 189 girls has autism.  It also found autism is more frequently found in whites than blacks or Hispanics. Boyle said the racial disparity is most likely due to better reporting of the disorder in whites.
 

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