Autism prevalence now 1 in 59
Rate increases 15% in 2 years
“Since TACA started, over 17 years ago, there have been 8 new autism prevalence numbers announced by the CDC. With each increase, I think THIS number will activate more to care,” said Lisa Ackerman, TACA Executive Director. “This prevalence rate means even more parents are being told their child has autism. The diagnosis of one child significantly affects the parents and siblings too. We need to care. We need to act. When a family receives an autism diagnosis, there is a huge learning curve. Therapies, medical intervention, diet, educational services and emotional support are matters most families know little about when a child is diagnosed. Our goal is to speed up the cycle time from diagnosis to effective treatments to independence and/or recovery. A prevalence rate of 1 in 59 cannot be ignored. Families are counting on us to act and support as we can no longer ignore this epidemic,” added Ackerman.
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