By comparison, here are some numbers over time:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its estimate of autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls). By comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.
• Five cases per 10,000 in 1960’s and 1970’s• Ten cases per 10,000 in 1980’s• Variable reports for the 1990’s indicate between5-72 cases per 10,000• Reports in the early 2000's indicated between 10-20 cases per 10,000• It then increased to two to six cases per 1,000 or between 1 in 500 to 1 in 166.• Recently in 2009 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control revised the autism prevalence rate to a staggering one in 110 children.
But in reality, for those of us who are touched by someone who has ASD, the only number is ONE -
our one individual loved one who is an amazing person who is completely different from the other ONES who they share a common spectrum...
Over the course of the rest of the month, I have lined up a variety of guests, sponsors and reviews that may help all of us gain insights into ASD or how we live in a world where having Autism or knowing someone with Autism is now the norm... I hope that you see both the big picture and the individual in this endeavor.
I've opened up the forum to a wide variety of people to help stimulate discussion and learning. I am even opening up the forum to those that I may or may not agree with - I want you to form your own opinions and use your own judgement to see the possibilities and issues. I look forward to your feedback and I encourage you to ask questions and leave comments about what you think!
If you have a specific issue, question or concern you'd like to see addressed, please email me or ask the question in the comments section and I'll try to get you the answer!