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Vanderbilt: Increase in number of kids with autism; we need to do something, "right"?

April 26, 2022, Vanderbilt University: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center data shows increase in autism spectrum disorder prevalence, provides new data on 4-year-olds

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) researchers, as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network, report an increase in the number of children in Tennessee with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). VIDEO: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers report an increase in the number of children in Tennessee with autism spectrum disorder. Their study found that among eight year old children, 1 in 44 have autism. This is a substantial increase from previous estimates of 1 in 54. Zachary E. Warren, PhD, Associate professor of Education Vanderbilt University: That’s over 2 percent, right? 2.3 percent. It really highlights the need for educational health and other systems of care to be able to build to that capacity. You know, most of us don’t have to look too far to find a connection to autism in our lives, right? Whether that be our own family or our neighbors or our schools, our classrooms, our communities, right? I think having this data about how common autism is allows us to think about, well, how can we actually integrate individuals and include meaningfully autism into universities, medical centers, employment situations, our families, our broader communities. That number derives from the fact that we have to do that, right? There’s a huge need to do that, and failing to do that marginalizes a huge percentage of the population that has all kinds of different ability skills, in additional to areas of vulnerability

Zachary E. Warren, PhD,


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