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SafeMinds: Top Ten Things to Know about the CDC Report on Autism Prevalence

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On March 27, 2014 the CDC published "Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010" (MMWR Surveillance Summaries / Vol. 63 / No. 2). The study finds the rates of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) of children born in 2002 have increased to 1 in 68, up from 1 in 88 of children born in 2000. With males five times more likely to develop autism, the prevalence rate increased from 1 in 54 in boys born in 2000 to 1 in 42 in boys born in 2002.  SafeMinds is in the process of reviewing the most recent report but has these comments based on preliminary data presented to the autism community.  A more detailed analysis will be available soon at www.safeminds.org.

Problems with the ADDM Data

1. No Unified Process:  After a decade, the CDC has still not unified the review process among ADDM sites as it pertains to access to school-based health records, meaning there are site to site differences in the study. CDC notes that the lowest prevalence rates were found in states in which little or no access to education records was available (Alabama, Colorado, Missouri, and Wisconsin). When these four states are removed, total prevalence is 1 in 58, not 1 in 68.  Read more and download the full statement at the Safeminds site.

Comments

Benedetta

Don't have access to school records!!!!!!!!!!!

Really!!!!!!!

Maybe they should just go to a few teacher meetings at the beginning of the school year and collect the data!!!!

So school records were not fully accessed in four of the states.

That is because the CDC and NIH and Tom Insel -- wants the unaffected (if there is really such a thing) American citizen to just glance at the numbers think the numbers have not risen. After all 88 and 68 looks similiar. The six only lacks one little curve on the right top.

Susan

The link to SafeMinds is not functioning correctly. Hopefully, they can get their website back up because this report is certainly detailing the CDC's errors in their latest reporting in an succinct and important way!

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