Since my son was diagnosed with Autistic Disorder in 1998 the rates of diagnosed autism have risen dramatically from 1 in 500 to the current estimated rate of 1 in 88. There is common acknowledgement that a substantial increase resulted from the DSM-IV changes which pushed acceptance of Aspergers as part of an autism spectrum. Social factors such as increased awareness and availability of services under an autism label have also been cited. Some purported autism experts though have concluded that the dramatic autism increases are entirely attributable to diagnostic changes, increased awareness and the desirability for service reasons (Read more…)
Autism diagnoses have been increasing at incredible rates. Within the past two decades estimates of the numbers of persons diagnosed with autism has increased from 1 in 500 to 1 in 250 to 1 in 110 to 1 in 88. Those are startling numbers to this humble, unsophisticated mind. Yet to many in the autism research and Neurodiversity communities these numbers do not reflect a real increase. These smarter than the average bear types are sure that these incredible numbers are simply due to diagnostic definition changes, increased awareness and the existence of readily available of free treatments and services . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Are All Epidemiological Autism Studies Flawed?
Bob Wright co-founder of Autism Speaks testified before ta US National Congress committee and made a number of important points including what is obvious to those who are actually paying attention to autism realities: autism has become an ep… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Wright Is Right: Autism Has Become An Epidemic
Autism Speaks, commenting on and citing an article from the Boston Globe, reports that American Academy of Pediatrics President Elect James Perrin, M.D., F.A.A.P., has called autism an epidemic: “James Perrin, M.D., F.A.A.P., president… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Autism Is An Epidemic: Time To Stop Pretending Otherwise
“Based on the above mentioned research, approximately 53% percent of the increase in autism prevalence over time may be explained by changes in diagnosis (26%), greater awareness (16%), and an increase in parental age (11%). While this research is beginning to help us understand the increase in autism prevalence, half of the increase is still unexplained and not due to better diagnosis, greater awareness, and social factors alone. Environmental factors, and their interactions with genetic susceptibilities, are likely contributors to increase in prevalence and are the subject of numerous research projects currently supported by Autism Speaks. The increase in . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: The Burden of Proof: IACC Director Insel’s 2009 Statement On Autism Increases
“The usual suspects The people habitually suspected or arrested in response to a crime. The phrase is usually used in regard to scapegoats rather than actual perpetrators of the crime in question. This expression has a specific and unambiguous origin. It was spoken by Captain Louis Renault, the French prefect of police, played by Claude Rains in the 1942 U.S. film Casablanca. The context was a scene in which the Nazi, Major Strasser is shot by Humphrey Bogart’s character, Rick Blaine. Renault was a witness to the shooting but saves Rick’s life by telling the investigating police to “round . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Rates Reach New Epidemic Levels? Round Up the Usual Suspects!
The CDC in the US has released new numbers on the autism epidemic in the US. It now estimates that 1in 88 children (1 in 54 boys) have an autism disorder. There are no known, reliable estimates available for Canada which has not updated its autism estimates in several years. The Harper government has not taken Canada’s national autism crisis seriously preferring to hide behind constitutional walls and leave the availability of treatment to an autistic child to depend on which province his/her parents live in. A National Autism Symposium was cancelled once the Harper government became aware that . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s Autism Epidemic? To Start With We Have to Use American Numbers 1in 88 Children, 1 in 54 Boys