On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released their report increasing the incidence rate of autism among eight-year-old children in the United States to 1 in 59. The rate has increased by 13.2% since 2014 when the rate was around 1 in 68.
For those involved in supporting the needs of individuals living with autism and their families, this increase is a concern, but comes as no surprise to us. The ASCV and fellow service providers are getting more calls for help than ever before. This growing statistic further emphasizes the continued need for enhanced programs and support services for individuals diagnosed with autism across our nation. While research toward a greater understanding of autism is important, the support of those currently living with autism is imperative. Unfortunately, the demands for help far exceed the available resources to assist individuals and their families.
For over 25 years, the Autism Society Central Virginia, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has served as the region’s premier source of education, advocacy, and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their families and friends, and interested professionals.
We envision a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society where their skills and talents are appreciated and valued.
As the prevalence rate of autism continues to rise, the Autism Society Central Virginia is committed to being the local voice and resource in education, advocacy, services, and support for all individuals with autism, their families, caregivers, and the community.
For more information, please visit https://www.autism-society.org/news/2018-cdc-autism-incidence-rate-statement-from-the-autism-society/.