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Rep. Buerkle Statement on the Rise in Autism Diagnoses

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Location: Syracuse, NY

Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report stating there has been a 23 percent increase in autism diagnoses since the organization's last report in 2009.

"The CDC's report that one in 88 children, an increase of 23 percent, is diagnosed with a form of autism is alarming. The report is a positive step to increase awareness of the disease and it leads to more children being screened and assessed. However, we must do more to understand the causes of autism.

"We must bring together public, private, and government entities to pursue initiatives that will help facilitate treatments and ultimately a cure for autism spectrum disorders. In addition, we need to continue to increase general awareness of the disease and promote all means to ease the burdens of families and loved ones affected by autism."

The CDC released the study, Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders -- Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 14 Sites, United States, 2008. The study provides Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevalence estimates from 14 different areas of the U.S. using data from 2008. The report finds that 11.3 per 1,000 8-year-old children have been identified as having an ASD. This marks a 23 percent increase since the last report was completed in 2009. ASDs are still almost five times more common among boys than girls -- with one in 54 boys identified in 2008, compared with one in 252 girls.

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