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1 in 88

By Ann Gibbons, Executive director, National Capital Area chapter; photos by Mike Lang

During the Presidential inauguration weekend, Autism Speaks participated in the National Day of Service exhibition on the National Mall. Over 25,000 prospective volunteers toured booths dedicated to health, education, economic development, and other community concerns.

In a new election video, self-advocate Amy Gravino asks this year’s candidates, “This fall, please don’t break my heart.” And she calls upon the autism community to be a part of the conversation as the nation debates our future. Watch the video below and read Amy's previous blog post on why 1 in 88 Can't Wait.

 

The CDC’s new estimate of autism prevalence – 1 in 88 children in the United States – demands that we recognize autism as a public health emergency and national priority warranting immediate attention. For perspective, more children are affected by autism in this country than by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.

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.*