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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.*

The new numbers - based on a 2008 snapshot of 14 monitoring sites - represent a 78 percent increase in autism over the previous five years. They represent a ten-fold (1,000 percent) increase in reported prevalence over the last four decades.

We have a slate of print and television interviews lined up to discuss CDC's new autism prevalence findings. Please be sure to tune in! For more information on these new numbers please visit our full coverage here.


March 29, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. -- ABC's "World News"


March 29, Thursday, b/w 7:00 -7:30 – "New York Nightly News Chuck Scarborough," Peter Bell will appear


March 30, b/w 7:00-8:00 a.m. -- NBC's "Today Show," Geri Dawson will appear


March 30 approx. 8 am – CNN's “Starting Point” – Geri Dawson


March 31 morning, approximately 7:30 a.m., CBS's "Saturday Morning Show," Co-Founders Bob and Suzanne Wright will appear


April 1 – approximately 2:30 PM – CNN’s "Fredricka Whitfield," Co-Founders Bob and Suzanne Wright will appear



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