Managing Editor's Note: Today is May Day. And that's a perfect play on words as families live with autism 24/7/365, not just for an "awareness" month.
By Lin Wessels
Every month really should be autism awareness month! With the numbers we’re currently experiencing in children diagnosed with autism, it ought to be considered a worldwide epidemic or a national health emergency, at the very least. According to the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, its most recent data reflects a 233% increase in autism since the late 1990’s alone. The rates have literally exploded from one in 500 to one in 150 in less than a decade. Please keep in mind, those statistics are already nearly a decade old. Although the figures where not complied and released until the spring of 2007, the data was collected on eight year olds with a diagnosis of autism in the years 2000 and 2002. This is precisely how our governmental entities such as the CDC, FDA and NIH operate, lightening speed, in sloth years. Ah yes, our tax payer dollars hard at work!
A new study released just last month in the UK relays that autism rates, in actuality, are much, much higher. The study was completed at Cambridge University where the authors revealed one in sixty British boys and girls now suffers from an autism spectrum disorder and one in thirty-eight boys, as boys are four times more likely to be afflicted by autism than are girls.
So how bad does it have to get before our government is actually concerned?