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New data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the number of children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has risen an additional 30% to 1 in 68. In North Carolina, 1 in 58 children born in 2002 have ASD. While there is clearly room for improvement in North Carolina, we are pleased to see that children are diagnosed earlier in North Carolina than other states. Fifty nine percent of children with ASD are diagnosed by 36 months in North Carolina compared to 44 percent nationally. These numbers highlight the urgent need for research and intervention services to assist individuals with ASD and their families in North Carolina and across the country. As the numbers of children diagnosed with ASD continue to rise, we are also reminded of the importance of developing lifespan services to meet the needs of individuals with ASD beyond childhood. Read full article


Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010

The North Carolina Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network – NC Highlights on the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)