SC Autism Society Statement on NCHS Parent Survey on Autism Prevalence
The National Center for Health Statistics today released the results of their 2014 Parent Survey on Autism Prevalence. In this survey, parents were asked if a doctor or health professional had ever told them that their child had any form of autism. Affected children were between the ages of 3 and 17
The estimated prevalence of ASD based on 2014 data was 2.24%, or approximately 1 in 45. This is a significant increase from the estimated prevalence of 1.25% based on 2011–2013 data, or approximately 1 in 80. It is difficult to assess if this increase reflects an actual increase in the occurrence of autism, or if it is a result of other factors such as early identification, increased awareness, or changes in autism definitions in the survey. Click here to read the full report.
It is important to note that this survey does not change the official CDC Autism Prevalence Rate, which remains at 1 in 68.
The South Carolina Autism Society sees this increase as further evidence of the need for services across the lifespan for those affected by autism. Services are vital starting with early-intervention, and continuing through school age and adulthood. Individuals affected by autism may need medical care, therapies, educational services and accommodations, employment and opportunities for independent living. Further, they need to be understood and accepted as contributing members of society.
We will continue to work towards these goals, and towards ensuring that all individuals with autism spectrum disorders reach their maximum potential. To learn more about autism and the South Carolina Autism Society, please visit our website at scautism.org or contact us at 803-750-6988.
President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society