Spectrum: Autism Research News
Spectrum’s 2021 book, “Autism by the Numbers: Explaining its Apparent Rise,” took a systematic look at the “surprisingly rapid, persistent and global rise” in autism prevalence figures and examined the societal shifts and methodological subtleties, among other factors, that may explain why more people are diagnosed with the condition each year. In this collection of past coverage, we return to that title alongside other news stories about autism’s prevalence.
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Is autism really more common among children today than in generations past? This new downloadable book offers an in-depth guide to the various factors that have helped to drive autism prevalence numbers up.
View an interactive map of studies on autism prevalence around the world. The map highlights places where information is available — and places where information is missing.
Profound autism prevalence rose from 2002 to 2016, though not nearly as much as non-profound autism did.
About 1 in 36 children in the United States has autism, up almost 20 percent from the previous estimate, reflecting improved identification, particularly among girls and Black, Hispanic and Asian or Pacific Islander children.
High rates of autism are linked to lower socioeconomic status and minority ethnic groups, according to the largest-ever autism incidence study.
Autism prevalence in the United States rose to 1 in 44 children in 2018, up from 1 in 54 in 2016.