March 27, 2014

1 in 68, So much for awareness....

Today the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network released a study stating that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism. Not only did the report show a 30% increase since its last estimate of 1 in 88, but it also provides a new profile of autism.

10 Things You Need To Know About CDC's Latest Report from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network

I don't know what to say. How far has Autism Awareness gotten us? Awareness is great. Awareness is necessary, but at some point, we as a society need to make a decision. How are we going to deal with the increase in incidents of autism? The data used to determine the new rates was collected in 2010. Autism "awareness" was well underway. The non-profit I helped to create in 2006 was one of many other awareness organizations providing information to parents. There is something going on here that can no longer be ignored.

If its genetics, you mean to tell me that every 2 years more and more people are becoming more genetically predisposed to having children with Autism? Is that possible, does that make sense?

I don't have much to say. I would like to see a cause explored that doesn't conveniently pass the buck to genetics.

Link to the study below;