Why Is Autism on the Rise?

When I was growing up, you never heard of autism. There were children with disabilities and maybe some had autism but it was a term that was never mentioned.Today, everyone seems to know at least one child with autism.

In a recent Newsday article, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that autism is on the rise. It said that one out of every 88 children have autism.  This is a 23 percent increase since the early 2000’s .

The article, written by Delthia Ricks, also mentioned a recent surge in black and Hispanic children having autism. Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are studying the genetics in children with autism. They are trying to prove that genetics plays a big factor here.  But, I find that hard to believe.

I have a family member who has autism and no one else in our family has autism.  I also asked my friends who have children with autism.  They claim that no one in their families have it either. So why is autism so prevalent?

Is it the water?  Is it the vaccinations? Is it just the air we breathe?  What is the reason and why can’t something be done to help these children and their families?

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  1. Danielle Sfroza

    well after tons of chromosomal and genetic testing, my sons DNA came back perfectly normals.  I think its a mix of enviromental (which includes vaccines) and sometimes genetic makeup. 

    1. Hilary JM Topper, MPA

      Do you think it’s on the rise or do you think that it’s always been in our culture and we called autism something else?  Do you agree with what Ari said on Facebook?

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