April is Autism Awareness month, and a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently given us new information about its growing prevalence among children.
The report estimated that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000 eight year olds) being identified with an autism spectrum disorder. The number of children identified with ASD ranged from 1 in 175 children in Alabama to 1 in 45 children in New Jersey.
"CDC's recently announced 1 in 68 number reinforces the importance of preparing educators to meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders," said Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D., associate professor in the ASD program at St. Thomas. "The University of St Thomas provides flexible options to special educators and professionals to learn about autism. With in-person, hybrid, and fully on-line options, UST's comprehensive program is poised to respond to the rising need."