(India) Autism "is increasing"; there's an "insufficient supply of ABA providers"

Dec 20, 2019, Navhind Times: Children with autism lack applied behaviour analysis therapists for recommended treatment As the number of cases suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing, a recent study says how insufficient the supply of certified applied behaviour analysis (ABA) providers is to meet the needs of children with autism. The study has found that there is substantial variation across states and regions. For instance, the per capita supply of certified ABA providers is substantially higher in the Northeast than in any other region in the USA. The study was published in the journal Psychiatric Services. The rising prevalence of ASD underscores the importance of access to evidence-based interventions such as ABA. An estimated one in 59 children had ASD in 2014, up from one in 125 a decade earlier, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention…. In the Midwest, however, no state had more than one-third of the minimum number of ABA providers needed for the number of children with autism.