1 in 54: New prevalence numbers from the CDC underscore the need for autism research funding
March 27, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control announced this week that autism affects 1 in 54 individuals under 21 living in the U.S. That’s a 10% increase in prevalence from the previous rate of 1 in 59.
“This announcement once again underscores the urgent need to fund biological research on the cause of autism and potential treatments for people on the spectrum,” said the Autism Research Institute’s (ARI) Executive Director, Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Since 1995, ARI has called together experts to discuss emerging research on the biological aspects and medical co-morbidities associated with the disorder.
“Research over the past decade has repeatedly pointed out the complex heterogeneity of autism. Funding is urgently needed to support researchers and clinicians investigating autism spectrum disorders,” Edelson said.
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Many in the autism community consider the prevalence rate reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be a reasonable estimate of the size of the autistic community