Autism is now Diagnosed in 1 out of every 88 Children
Stuart, Florida March 30, 2012: According to a new report released Thursday March 29, 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) new estimates show 1 out of every 88 children in the United States have autism. These new estimates, based on data from 2008, show a 23 percent increase in autism diagnoses since the last report in 2006 which showed a prevalence of 1 out of every 110 children and in 2002 estimates were 1 out of every 150 children. The CDC data shows diagnosed cases of Autism are almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 54) than among girls (1 in 252).
The new estimates indicates more children are at risk to wander and illustrates a growing need for programs to better protect these children and help their caregivers until effective treatments are developed or a cure is found.
The Macon County Sheriff's Office has a program to assist with locating a child or an adult that may wander. It is called "Project Lifesaver". It is available to any local resident that has a family member with Autism. For any additional information contact Mr. Jim Lau @ 349-2575.