Autism Prevalence Rate Increases To 1 In 59

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana-April 26, 2018 –Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated the incidence rate of autism among eight year olds in the United States. This updated report occurs every two years. The incidence rate released in April 2016 showed that 1 out of 68 children were living with an autism diagnosis. Today’s incidence rate show the rate has increased to 1 out of 59 eight year olds.

For those involved in supporting the needs of individuals living with autism and their families, this increase is not surprising. Providers of services know that they are getting more calls for help than ever before. Greg Boyce, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Indiana (ASI), says, “Unfortunately, the demands for help far exceed the available resources to assist an individual or his/her family affected by autism. We have seen a similar increase in the need for additional support, resources and services in which we provide throughout the State of Indiana. Our organization is committed and continues to grow state-wide to ensure that every individual and family affected by autism in Indiana receives the high-quality services they deserve.”

When asked about the increased incidence rate, Scott Badesch, President/CEO of the Autism Society of America, stated, “Today’s announcement by the CDC of the increase of the incidence of autism is not surprising to the Autism Society. What is surprising to us is that, despite the increase in the number of people with an autism diagnosis, we still are a nation that appears to accept that 70% of autistic adults are unemployed or underemployed and that as many are forced to live on below poverty income. We wrongly accept that over 50% of students with an autism diagnosis do not graduate high school on time or do not graduate at all. Autism remains a have and have not disorder; those with money are often able to get needed services, while those with limited resources are often denied services and put on waiting lists for up to eight or more years for government supported services. If, like me, you are concerned about today’s incidence rate announcement, commit to calling your elected officials and ask that they do way more than is now being done to help all impacted by autism have the highest quality of life possible. “

About Autism Society of Indiana (ASI): ASI is a non-profit headquartered in Indianapolis whose sole purpose is to ensure every individual and every family affected by autism in the State of Indiana receives the high-quality services they deserve. Through their various programs such as autism allies, direct care, career services, and family training, ASI provides individualized information, support, advocacy and increased awareness throughout the state. You can learn more about ASI on their website at www.inautism.org.

About Autism Society of America: The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. We provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates. Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism.

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