Dec 30, 2013, InsightNews.com: CDC study says children with autism could be diagnosed earlier
What you won't see on this list are desires for cure or prevention or identifying a cause, areas where most autism research focuses. Although some members of the autistic community who did not respond in this (unscientific) survey have expressed a desire for cure, the concepts of cure and prevention bother many autistic people. For these autistics, targeting cure and prevention implies that they need to be prevented or cured, rather than appreciated and acknowledged for what they have to contribute, speaking or not, as part of the neurological diversity of the human species.
Ms Willingham likes to focus on neurodiversity and acceptance for autism. That's a nice idea if people with autism were all savants and high functioning individuals. I posted a comment and pointed out what autism is like for far too many families. If Autism Brought Blindness and Autism Pretty and Ugly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new project findings on the prevalence rate of 1 in 32 Somali children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Minneapolis. While the report says that Somali children with ASD are more likely to have cognitive disabilities and more significant disabilities than all other racial groups, the data say that the rate of autism in the Somali population is about the same as in the white population (1 in 32 vs. 1 in 36). The report also states that children who have autism aren't identified as early as they could be.
"This new data from the CDC indicate potentially higher rates of autism spectrum disorders in distinct populations than the national numbers, clearly show that more research is needed to better understand autism, and again makes the case that additional funds must be made available for services and supports for children with autism and their families.
"The CDC continues to do important work in this area, shining a bright light on what families associated with The Arc and our chapters experience everyday - autism spectrum disorders touch so many people, of all cultures and backgrounds, and we must do more to support them to achieve their goals and to foster an inclusive society. The Arc is committed to families of all backgrounds in our efforts to serve and support people with disabilities, through our network of 700 chapters across the country," said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc.
2014 will no doubt be just like every year since autism became an epidemic in America. More complacency. More calls for earlier diagnosing. Never the word "crisis." The difference between the 1 in 31 among Somalis/1 in 36 among kids in Minnesota in general and the rest of the U.S. where the official rate is one in 50/1 in 88, depending upon which figure you want to believe, isn't alarming. There's a vague call for "more research" ---which never means actually studying what causes autism.
The Somalis need to realize that their kids don't matter to our health officials. All their efforts have been devoted to covering up the reality of nightmare among Somali children in Minnesota. This came to national attention in 2008. Nothing's been done in five years until this study came out setting the rate at one in 32. It's all part of the mystery of autism. The puzzle piece is such a fitting symbol.