The recent announcement regarding the new CDC study does not tell those of us in the autism community anything we do not already know.
As of today, we can now affirmatively say “Autism affects 1 in 88 children born 12 years ago, a 23% increase since the CDC last released numbers in 2009.”
We have been sounding the alarm bells for years to this glaring epidemic.
All that these new numbers indicate is the fact that we are continuing to lose children at an alarmingly rapid pace. The current emphasis on awareness and genetic research has not brought us any closer to a cause. We need to focus our efforts as a global community on prevention and providing treatment and life care services for those currently affected. The dialogue today, in the aftermath of the CDC’s release with regard to what these new numbers indicate, completely misses the point. The new numbers have been equally attributed to better diagnosis, higher incidence and unknown factors. What is missing from today’s dialogue is the effect autism is having on families, our society and what the unknown factors are.