Autism’s numbers game: Prevalence rates under microscope in fight for resources, support services

The National Post (July 25, 2014) Written by Moira MacDonald

Prevalence rates — numbers showing how many non-autistic people there are to each one who has the disorder — can be an important advocacy tool, Emily’s mom says. But she questions whether some of those children represented in the numbers really are in the same category as her daughter because of the huge difference between Emily’s high needs and those of other children she’s met also labelled autistic…

The most recent and widely reported statistic is that Emily is one in 68 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Its spectrum nature means it covers a wide range of people, from those with a severe form, frequently accompanied by other disabilities, to milder, “high-functioning,” variations… [Read the full story]

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