Parent of autistic child: New CDC statistic shows autism is a crisis

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March 21, 2013, 9:07 am
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(NECN) – Autism is a crisis. That’s according to our guest Alison MacNeil, who is a parent of a child with autism and co-author of an upcoming book called “The Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Autism Beyond The Spectrum.” MacNeil is calling autism a crisis in response to a new CDC statistic that says:

The number of children in the United States with autism spectrum disorder has jumped dramatically since 2007, federal health officials reported Wednesday. As of 2012, one in 50 kids between the ages of 6 and 17 has some form of autism, compared with one in 88 only five years earlier, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I think the new number is staggering, I really do. What I also think is staggering is, where is the alarm? Where is the outrage?,” asks MacNeil.

The CDC says the main reason for the increase in the prevalence of autism appears to be better diagnoses, especially in older children.

“I don’t think the public is buying that anymore. They might have a while back, especially when the criteria shifted in the diagnostic statistical manual, but I think now, I think really what we’re seeing everywhere we go, we’re seeing autistic children.”

What does society need to do better and more of to address the needs of autistic children and their families?

“I think the first point really is to look at why do we have so many children descending into autism. What is going on that one out of every 50 children is losing the ability to speak, becoming incredible sick, detaching, there’s something behind this.”

Watch the attached video for more.

Tags: autism, CDC, autistic, the thinking moms' revolution: autism beyond the spectrum, medical crisis, alison macneil
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