As if the current CDC figures (1 in every 150 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum) weren't alarming enough, it seems new studies are pointing to even higher rates. Two separate studies are putting the new figure around 1 in every 100 children -- or 1% of all children..
There are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding these studies, and a comprehensive article on the subject can be found here
. But still, this is huge. This is staggering. So why doesn't anyone seem to care?
To the contrary, it seems that the CDC and other organizations are keeping this new information under wraps. Mainsteam media is not too interested either. So, I guess its up to us to spread the word. Or more importantly, start asking questions.
Why are these numbers going up? Why do some families report children being "cured", while other sources say its not possible? Why are boys being diagnosed at dramatically higher rates?
Vaccines, environmental toxins, genetics, better diagnostic and reporting methods -- these are some of the possible causes. As I've said before, my personal opinion is that this is really complicated -- just like my kids. Finding answers will take time, and yes, lots and lots of money
I just wish the powers that be would be more forthcoming with the information they have, and at the very least feign interest in allocating more resources to autism research and treatment.
Thank you Tina at Autism Sucks
for bringing this to our attention. You can also read her article on the subject here
What are your thoughts on the Autism diagnosis rates rising?