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Autism Speaks News Conference on CDC Autism Prevalence Numbers

March 27, 2014

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2014) –  Autism Speaks President Liz Feld and Chief Science Officer Rob Ring joined a bipartisan group of Congressional supporters to issue a call for a comprehensive national response to autism’s rising numbers, with dedicated funding for autism research, services and support across the lifespan. 

Feld and Ring were joined by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ed Markey (D-MA), and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Pat Meehan (R-PA).

Autism a Major Piece of the Child Mental Health Picture

CDC releases new report on the prevalence of child mental health conditions in the U.S.
May 16, 2013

In an effort to present a comprehensive picture of child mental health conditions in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the first time, released a comprehensive report today on “Mental Health Surveillance Among Children” in the U.S. from 2005-2011. The new report summarizes findings from numerous research studies and data sources used to monitor the occurrence of various child mental health conditions, including autism spectrum disorder, in the community.

As CDC Issues New Autism Prevalence Report, Autism Speaks Asks, "What Will It Take?" for Government to Meet the Challenge of this National Health Crisis

Leading Autism Advocacy Organization Calls for Dramatic Increase in Federal Funding for Research and Services

NEW YORK, N. Y. (December 18, 2009) – In the wake of today's new report from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stating

February 18, 2010

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 18, 2009) – In the wake of today's new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stating that autism now affects 1 in every 110 American children, Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, called on the federal government to immediately step up its efforts – and dramatically increase funding – to address the growing national autism public health crisis.

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Autism Speaks, Press Updates, As CDC Issues New Autism Prevalence Report, Autism Speaks Asks, "What Will It Take?" for Government to Meet the Challenge of this National Health Crisis

Prevalence of Autism Now 1 in 150, According to New CDC Report

This morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released, through its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR),

February 08, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC (February 8, 2007) -- This morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released, through its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the latest revised prevalence figures for autism. The report indicates that the prevalence of autism is now 1 in 150, up from the 1 in 166 figure reported by the CDC in January, 2004.

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Autism Speaks, Press Updates, Prevalence of Autism Now 1 in 150, According to New CDC Report

Autism Speaks Marks the Beginning of its Fifth Anniversary Year

Autism Insurance Reform, Expanded Research and Services for Adults will be Among Top Priorities Moving Forward

Autism Speaks today marks the beginning of its fifth anniversary year. The organization was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne

February 25, 2010

NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 25, 2010) – Autism Speaks today marks the beginning of its fifth anniversary year. The organization was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism, and has grown into the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

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Autism Speaks, Press Updates, Autism Speaks Marks the Beginning of its Fifth Anniversary Year

CDC Child Development Campaign Expands to Target More Than 400,000 Child Care Facilities Nationwide

April 23, 2007


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with a coalition of national partners, is launching a new phase of the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" public awareness campaign. This childhood development campaign is designed to help increase awareness about the importance of tracking a child's social and emotional development, including the potential early warning signs of autism and other developmental disabilities.

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CDC Child Development Campaign Expands to Target More Than 400,000 Child Care Facilities Nationwide

November 08, 2006


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with a coalition of national partners, is launching a new phase of the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" public awareness campaign. This childhood development campaign is designed to help increase awareness about the importance of tracking a child's social and emotional development, including the potential early warning signs of autism and other developmental disabilities.

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CDC Report Draws Wide Attention

April 23, 2007


News from the Centers for Disease Control that the prevalance of autism is higher than previously believed – up to 1 in 150 – gained widespread coverage in national and local press this week. Here are links to some of the online coverage:

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Two New CDC Autism Prevalence Studies Confirm Upper End of Prevalence Range

August 20, 2007


The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta released the results of two new autism prevalence studies on May 4, 2006. The first, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reports the prevalence of autism as 5.7 per thousand among children aged 4-17. The second, the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) pegs prevalence at 5.5 per thousand among children 4-17. The data were collected from parental surveys in 2003-2004. CDC reports a range of prevalence (2-6 per thousand) based on data from approximately 20 studies.

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Autism Speaks, In the News, Current News, CDC Prevalence Studies Confirm Upper End of Prevalence Range