Increased Autism Prevalence Rate Indicates Growing Awareness and Valuing of Diagnosis

One in 54 children in the U.S. have autism according to a CDC report released in March 2020. That’s nearly a 10% increase from the 1 in 59 reported by the CDC two years previously.

The latest biennial report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on autism prevalence rates indicates awareness for autism spectrum disorder and a valuing of a formal diagnosis are growing. In addition, for the first time the CDC found no difference in prevalence rates between black and white children, (though a gap remains in prevalence among Hispanic children.)

Linden Grove School (LGS) is encouraged by the increased diagnosis of autism among students as a means to encourage school districts and other service providers to develop or promote options proven successful in supporting children with ASD. For example, early intervention programs for toddlers and preschoolers not only give children the best start possible, but also the best chance of developing to their full potential.

LGS is similarly encouraged by the lack of difference among prevalence rates among white and black students; however:

  • Hispanic children with ASD continue to be identified at lower rates compared to white or black children;
  • Black and Hispanic children with ASD received evaluations later than white children with ASD, limiting opportunities for early interventions critical for success in school and beyond.

As part of its plan for growth, Linden Grove School will increase marketing efforts to maintain its enrollment growth, with particular focus on Hispanic/Latino and other underrepresented communities.


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