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On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). See complete coverage below.

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A report in this week’s JAMA Pediatrics revisits the suggestion that expanded diagnostic criteria may be a major contributor to autism’s rising numbers. The study tracked 677,915 Danish children over several decades. It found that a significant rise in autism prevalence followed a 1994 Read more...
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is expanding its national autism monitoring to include preschoolers. It will continue monitoring rates among grade-schoolers, with a focus on possible changes resulting from the recent overhaul of the criteria used to diagnose the disorder. Since 2002, the CDC Read more...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its 2014 Community Report on Autism. Written for a lay audience, the report summarizes the technical study behind the CDC’s new estimate of autism prevalence in the United States: 1 in 68 children. The Community Report Read more...
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 4, 2014) -- U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)  and members of the autism community toured the Autism Research Lab at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to see the latest in cutting edge research focused on helping understand the diagnosis and Read more...
April 2, 2014 - Autism Speaks President Liz Feld appeared on MSNBC's Jansing & Co. to discuss the CDC's new autism prevalence numbers, World Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue.     See how people all over the world participated in Light It Up Blue for Autism Read more...
April 1, 2014 - Autism Speaks President Liz Feld appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" today to discuss  the CDC's new autism prevalence estimate of 1 in 68, and to emphasize the need or a comprehensive national response to autism’s rising numbers. Feld Read more...
  Epidemiologist Michael Rosanoff is Autism Speaks associate director for public health research. We asked him to explain some of the technical aspects of how the CDC tracks autism prevalence, how prevalence is tracked internationally, and what the numbers mean to communities in the Read more...
Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks Associate Director of Public Health Research and Scientific Review, reponds to Dr. Max Wiznitzer's comment on MSNBC cautioning against overdiagnosis of autism in young children. Read our full coverage of the CDC’s prevalence update here. Read more...
Talking on MSNBC’s “News Nation” about the new CDC autism prevalence statistics, Dr. Max Wiznitzer commented that “you should not automatically conclude that if my child didn’t speak exactly when wanted that we’re in trouble”.   But Autism Speaks Read more...
(March 28, 2014) - Autism Speaks President Liz Feld appeared on MSNBC's "News Nation" today to discuss  the CDC's new autism prevalence estimate of 1 in 68, and to emphasize the need or a comprehensive national response to autism’s rising numbers. Feld Read more...