The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). CDC’s estimate comes from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, which monitors the number of 8-year-old children with ASDs living in diverse communities throughout the United States. In 2007, CDC’s ADDM Network first reported that about 1 in 150 children had an ASD (based on children who were 8 years old in 2002). Then, in 2009, the ADDM Network reported that 1 in 110 children had an ASD (based on children who were 8 years old in 2006). Most recently, the ADDM Network reported that 1 in 88 children had an ASD (based on children who were 8 years old in 2008). This means that the estimated prevalence of ASDs increased 23% during 2006 to 2008 and 78% during 2002 to 2008 (1–4).
The community report Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders– Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network United States 2008 covers:
- Executive summary
- What are autism spectrum disorders?
- Why do we need to know how many people have ASDs ?
- What is the ADDM network?
- State by state
- How can the data be used?
- Questions and answers
- What else do I need to know?
- Where can I get more information?
Read Community Report From the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring, CDC, ADDM Network 2012. Find out more about autism.