1 in 59: Today’s new numbers from the CDC underscore the need for autism research funding

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The Centers for Disease Control announced today that autism affects 1 in 59 individuals under 21 living in the U.S. That’s a 15% increase in prevalence from the previous rate of 1 in 68.

“This announcement underscores the urgency to fund biological research on the cause and potential treatments for people with autism,” said the Autism Research Institute’s (ARI) Executive Director, Stephen M .Edelson, Ph.D.

ARI is convening scientists and clinicians in Dallas, Texas this weekend for its 24th annual scientific think tank. Since 1995, ARI has called together experts to discuss emerging research on the biological aspects and medical co-morbidities associated with the disorder.

“The importance of the work performed by researchers and clinicians investigating autism spectrum disorders cannot be overstated,” Edelson said.
Research over the past decade has repeatedly pointed out the complex heterogeneity of autism but funding falls far short of what is needed to perform the necessary investigations to find more answers.

We join with other organizations calling for appropriately funded research on all aspects of this disorder to protect the health and well-being of people with autism for generations to come.

Published April 27, 2018