While World Panics over COVID 19, CDC’s Official Autism Rate Rises 10% from 2006 to 2008 Birth Years
While the world panics over COVID 19, the CDC’s official autism rate keeps rising, up 10% from 2006 to 2008 birth years
View a 12 Powerpoint Presentation here: 1 in 54 born in 2008 by Mark Blaxill. Each slide also follows at the end of this post.
By Mark Blaxill
Every two years, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts out a new report from its Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The 2016 report, a survey of 11 states, was just released and reported an average autism rate of 185 per 10,000 among 8-year-old children born in 2008, or 1 in 54. That rate was an increase over the 2014 ADDM Network report, which reported a rate of 1 in 59. I’ve summarized the new reports findings in the attached slides (see HERE).
Nestled within the report’s detail are a number of disturbing findings
- New Jersey, one the ADDM Network’s most experienced and consistent reporting sites, reported an autism rate of 3.14%, or in 1 in 32, the highest rate reported anywhere
- Among young boys born in NJ in 2008, the autism rate reached 5%, or 1 in 20 boys
- Overall rates rose despite actual declines in 4 of 11 reporting states like Minnesota, Maryland, Missouri and Colorado.
- The overall autism rate in boys rose to 1 in 34 from 1 in 38.
- This ongoing explosion in autism rates is echoed by similar increases in rates from the National Survey of Childhood Health (NSCH), which has reported rates of 1 in 36 and higher (see 1 in 36: ASD Rate Set a New Record High in 2016 ).
All of this news will be lost as the report has been released in the midst of the COVID 19 panic. It’s always dangerous to compare public health crises, but consider this. If instead of raising the threat of death among the elderly for a few short months, some new but different coronavirus permanently disabled close to 3% of American children in a pandemic fashion, how do you think our country should react?
I don’t doubt the public health response would be even more aggressive than today’s COVID 19 response. But because the autism epidemic has been normalized, these new findings will pass by almost entirely unnoticed.
Instead, the CDC not only continues its practice of autism epidemic denial, it has downgraded its concern. In the 2014 ADDM report, a sentence buried deep in the text acknowledged that autism was “an urgent public health concern.” In today’s release, an autism rate of 1 in 54 is merely “a continuing public health concern.” And instead of raising the alarm over their unbending trend line, the CDC reserves its main concerns for racial equality: applauding the fact that autism in African Americans is now broadly similar to that of white and Asian Americans.
“Overall, the magnitude of prevalence differences by race and ethnicity has declined in recent year. Reduction of these disparities might indicate progress toward enhanced detection of ASD among all children.”
This is all a part of CDC’s ongoing to a commitment to its own orthodoxies, beliefs that fly in the face of the reality of the evidence on autism time trends. All in the interest of their self-congratulatory talking points, which persistently claim that if autism rates are rising, well then they must be doing a better job! From their Frequently Asked Questions page, we can still see the following pabulum
Q: Is there an ASD epidemic?
A: More people than ever before are being diagnosed with an ASD. It is unclear exactly how much of this increase is due to a broader definition of ASD and better efforts in diagnosis. However, a true increase in the number of people with an ASD cannot be ruled out. We believe the increase in the diagnosis of ASD is likely due to a combination of these factors.
CDC is working with partners to study the prevalence of ASD over time, so that we can find out if the number of children with these disorders is rising, dropping, or staying the same.
We do know that ASD are more common than we thought before and should be considered an important public health concern.
I wrote at greater length on this several years ago. (see Mark Blaxill: Lies, Damned Lies and CDC Autism Statistics ). How truly tragic how little things have changed.
Mark Blaxill is Editor-At-Large for Age of Autism.