"Autism is a crisis.
That's according to our guest Alison MacNeil, who is a parent of a child with autism and co-author of an
upcoming book called "The Thinking Moms' Revolution: Autism Beyond The
Spectrum." MacNeil is calling autism a crisis in response to a new CDC
statistic that says:
"The number of children in the United States with autism spectrum disorder has jumped dramatically since 2007, federal health officials reported Wednesday. As of 2012, one in 50 kids between the ages of 6 and 17 has some form of autism, compared with one in 88 only five years earlier, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"'I think the new number is staggering, I really do. What I also think is staggering is, where is the alarm? Where is the outrage?,' asks MacNeil.
"The CDC says the main reason for the increase in the prevalence of autism appears to be better diagnoses, especially in older children."
Alison: "I don't think the public is buying that anymore. They might have a while back, especially when the criteria shifted in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, but I think now, what we're seeing everywhere we go, we're seeing autistic children."
"Why do we have so many children descending into autism? What is going on? One in every 50 children is losing the ability to speak, becoming incredibly sick, detaching. There's something behind this."
Alison went on to describe the crisis we'll all be facing as the children with autism age out of school and childhood services.
It was wonderful to see this dedicated mother and autism advocate on such a public forum as one of the rare voices sounding an alarm over autism.