Tommy Hilfiger Stars in New Autism Awareness Ad [Video]

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Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger stars in a new autism awareness ad; the campaign is a project of Autism Speaks and the Ad Council. The new campaign draws attention to the current autism prevalence rate of 1 in 68; that is 1 in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. I’m 2 for 2 in my house. Other stories that may interest you: UK Study Shows that Autism Rate May Be 1 in 60 Children Environmental {Read More}

10 Common Autism Myths

As autism prevalence rates have risen, public awareness about autism spectrum disorders has also increased. Unfortunately, there are still some common autism myths that people think are fact. 10 Common Autism Myths 1. Autism is caused by refrigerator mothers – Children with autism have parents that are cold and uncaring, which couldn’t be further from the truth. 2. All individuals with autism have cognitive disabilities – Autism is a spectrum and that means that there are individuals with genius-level IQs {Read More}

History of Autism in the United States Infographic

Did you know that autism wasn’t a distinct diagnostic category until the DSM-III? Did you know that autism is almost 5 times more common among boys than girls? These facts and more from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control are presented in the ‘History of Autism in the United States’ infographic, which was custom made for The Autism Education Site. Click on the image above for a full-screen view of the History of Autism in the United States infographic. You {Read More}

Watch: Federal Response to Rise in Autism Rates

This nearly four-hour program is the C-SPAN video of the government oversight committee on the rise in autism rates in the nation. This meeting was held just days before the American Psychological Association approved the DSM-5, which changes criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders and eliminates PDD-NOS and Asperger’s Disorder as distinct diagnosable conditions. Homepage Thumbnail Photo: jasoneppink/Flickr

AAP Chair Comments on 1 in 88 Autism Prevalence Figure

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The CDC’s newest autism prevalence data reveals that 1 in 88 children in our nation are on the autism spectrum with 1 in 54 boys being affected. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not surprised by these numbers. I’ve met so many families that have a child, or even more than one child, on the autism spectrum. I’m the mom of two of these children. Thumbnail Photo: mattbeckwith/Flickr

Autism More Prevalent in Upper-Income Households

Is autism tied to wealth? A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggest that autism is tied to wealth with a higher rate of autism spectrum disorder diagnoses found in upper-income households. The results of this study, which used children in the United States as the focal point, are in direct contrast to a Scandinavian study, which showed no correlation between the two. However, Scandinavian countries have universal health care and thus the income disparity may {Read More}