Key Point: CDC rate of autism increase matches rate of ultrasound increase.

Note – From the data in Key Point 29, a curve of the rise of number of ultrasounds per US pregnancy can be drawn that shows a pace of 11% more per year from the mid-90s to 2006. In the March 2012 CDC report below, the rise in ASD was 80% for children born in a period where the rise in ultrasounds per pregnancy was 73%.


CDC Estimates 1 in 88 Children in United States Has Been Identified As Having An Autism Spectrum Disorder

March 2012 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study released today that looked at data from 14 communities.  Autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls – with 1 in 54 boys identified and 1 in 252 girls.

The number of children identified with ASDs ranged from 1 in 210 children in Alabama to 1 in 47 children in Utah.  The largest increases were among Hispanic and black children.

About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.