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Denver: Doctor urges people to 'celebrate uniqueness of autism, beauty of autism'

Nov 12, 2023, Fox 31, Denver, CO: CDC data suggests rise in autism diagnoses in children

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests an increase in the prevalence of autism in children.

About one in 36 children were identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2020, according to the CDC. This is up from one in 44 in 2018 and one in 150 in 2000. It also shows prevalence among different groups of individuals is now relatively similar. Dr. Amanda Kelly is the president and CEO of Firefly Autism, an organization in Colorado that provides support and services to those with autism and their families.

“We really just want to make sure people celebrate the uniqueness of autism and the beauty of autism and understand more about it,” Kelly said.
Data from the CDC suggests autism rates have been increasing steadily for more than two decades, as shown in a report from USAFacts.
Kelly said it could be attributed to the increased awareness and improved screening for autism.

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