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Behind the Science: New 1 in 45 autism prevalence survey

new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Because the new numbers come from a parent survey, they don’t replace the CDC’s 1-in-68 figure as the official estimate of autism prevalence in the United States. Autism Speaks Director of Public Health Rearch, Michael Rosanoff, breaks down the new numbers in the video above. Follow him on Twitter here.

Read more about the new survey here.

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