Briefing on advances in autism diagnosis and treatment
About one in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to recent CDC estimates—and the global prevalence of autism has increased 20- to 30-fold since the earliest epidemiologic studies of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Clearly, the number of individuals diagnosed with autism has gone up significantly, although the reasons aren’t entirely clear. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill recently were invited to hear about the latest science on autism diagnosis and treatment. The event was co-sponsored by AAAS and the DANA Foundation.