CDC confirms rise in prevalence of autism

12/18/2009 | Disability Scoop

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that a review of health and education records shows that 1 in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism -- up from previous government estimates of 1 in 150. The new data show autism affects a disproportionate number of boys, who are up to five times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with the disorder. The CDC report is considered more reliable than earlier data -- collected by telephone survey -- that also showed the disorder is becoming more prevalent.

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