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March 2012

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its estimate of autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls). By comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.*

CDC: Autism is more common than previously thought (USA Today)
Autism rates continue to skyrocket, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released new figures today, showing a 23% increase from 2006 to 2008. One in 88 American children are now on the autism spectrum, the CDC said, up from 1 in 110. The figures are even higher for boys, with 1 in 54 8-year-olds now counted on the spectrum. Read more.

This year sixty ShopRites are helping out With Light It Up Blue. The stores are decorating themselves blue while selling Autism Speaks puzzle pieces, wristbands, and shirts to help fundraise for Autism Speaks. In this episode I visit and highlight one of the ShopRite’s located in Livingston, New Jersey.