1 in 36 children is now estimated to have autism, reported by the CDC

March 23, 2023

One in 36 children is now estimated to have autism, reported today by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report released today by the CDC is an update of autism’s estimated prevalence among 8-year-old children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in the United States in 2020. This is an increase from 2018 when the estimate was 1 in 44 children. They also report for the first-time higher prevalence rates among Black, Hispanic, and Asian or Pacific Islander (A/PI) children compared to White children. Click here to read the CDC report.

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