More Children Across the U.S. Affected by Autism with Decreased Gap Between Races

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Source: CNN

According to 2017 data on the prevalence of autism among US children, the number of youth living with autism has steadily increased since 2016. Today, at least 1 in every 59 children is living with autism.

The data indicates a 15% increase from two years before, and a 150% increase in less than two decades.

Data includes an analysis on more than 300,000 diverse children in various communities across the U.S. with varying socio-economic status. Researchers reported that the increase could be due to the fact that criteria have changed for diagnosing a child with autism, so children could be more likely to be diagnosed early on. Meanwhile, the gap in prevalence of autism in black, white and Hispanic children has decreased.

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