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Millions of People Likely to Have Autism in China

May 18, 2015

The Wall Street Journal highlighted the recent discussion of autism prevalence rates in China. According to the article, experts believe that China’s autism prevalence rate is similar to that of other countries, such as the United States, making it likely that millions of people in the country are diagnosed with autism.

The WSJ indicates the improvements in China when it comes to services, however Yanhui Liao, president of the Shezhen Autism Society, told the paper that, “the services that do exist in China are largely for children up to six years old, and there are no services for adults."

The article references an interview with Autism Speaks Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs Andy Shih. According to Dr. Shih, the World Health Organization has developed an autism intervention curriculum designed to train parents to interact more effectively with their children. It is also launching a field trial in 18 countries involving Autism Speaks.

Later this year, China will host its first ever International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) conference in Shanghai. Autism Speaks has been collaborating with the Chinese government and Chinese universities to help move the conversation about autism in China forward.

You can learn more about the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research that took place last week here.

Read more of this story at the WSJ here