Accounting for autism’s prevalence

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U.S. study charts changing prevalence of profound and non-profound autism

Profound autism prevalence rose from 2002 to 2016, though not nearly as much as non-profound autism did.

By Angie Voyles Askham
19 April 2023 | 6 min read
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U.S. autism prevalence continues to rise as race and sex gaps shrink, new stats show

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.

By Peter Hess
23 March 2023 | 4 min read
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Autism incidence in England varies by ethnicity, class, location

High rates of autism are linked to lower socioeconomic status and minority ethnic groups, according to the largest-ever autism incidence study.

By Isabel Ruehl
6 December 2022 | 5 min read
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Autism by the numbers: Explaining its apparent rise

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.

By Spectrum
22 December 2021 | 1 min read
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U.S. autism prevalence inches upward as racial gaps close

Autism prevalence in the United States rose to 1 in 44 children in 2018, up from 1 in 54 in 2016.

By Peter Hess
2 December 2021 | 2 min read
Global autism prevalence map

Map of global autism prevalence

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.

By Spectrum
5 November 2018 | 5 min read

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