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19 May 2022, 11:48 am

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New research finds that autism prevalence is growing around the world and experts say that shows progress.

Globally, about 100 in 10,000 — or 1 in 100 — children are diagnosed with autism, according to a study published recently in the journal Autism Research.

That’s up from an estimate of 62 in 10,000 a decade ago.

Dr. Andy Shih, chief science officer at Autism Speaks and a co-author of the new study, said that the findings show efforts to improve autism awareness are paying off. “Since 2012, many regions have also made significant strides in case identification, diagnosis and capacity to serve the autistic community.”

The studies analyzed for the review varied considerably in size — ranging from 465 participants to 50 million — and they resulted in prevalence estimates from 1.09 in 10,000 to 436 in 10,000. Most of the studies were conducted in the U.S. and Northern Europe, but the findings include an increasing amount of research coming out of previously underrepresented regions like Africa and the Middle East, the researchers indicated.

Overall, the review found that around the world boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism and the median percentage of autism cases with co-occurring intellectual disability was 33%

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“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman