Autism Rate Increase

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a study that one in 88 children are diagnosed with autism in the U.S.

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  1. Take Action: 1 in 88--Feds: Wake up! Take Action! Press Conference in NYC on Monday Autism Rate Now 1 in 88, 1 in 54 Boys; What Will it Take for the Feds to Act? “When will the federal health authorities wake up? Will it be 1 in 25? 1 in 10? How many children have to suffer from autism to call this an emergency?” New York, NY, March 29, 2012 – Grassroots autism advocacy organizations representing over 100,000 autism families will hold a press conference Monday, April 2, 2012, World Autism Day, at 11:00 at Hilton Manhattan East, 304 East 42nd St., to push for official recognition of autism as a national public health emergency and to analyze the federal health authorities’ ongoing failure to respond. Please email a copy of this press release to your Senators, Member of the House and President Obama by clicking on the Take Action link above. And please share this email with friends and family and please post to Facebook and other social networks. And if you support the work of the Autism Action Network please make a donation at  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced new prevalence rates among 8-year-olds from 2008 as 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. “These numbers are staggering,” said Katie Wright, daughter of Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright and board member of the National Autism Association. “When will the federal health authorities wake up? Will it be 1 in 25? 1 in 10? How many children have to suffer from autism to call this an emergency?” Recent research from Stanford University conclusively shows that environmental triggers account for most cases of autism, not genetic predisposition. “Parents have been calling on the NIH to study environmental factors for decades, but almost all the money has gone into genetic studies. No matter how high the autism rate soars, the CDC’s continued denial of an autism epidemic is certitude comparable to death and taxes,” said Mark Blaxill, Editor-at-Large of Age of Autism web-based newspaper. These advocacy groups believe that ongoing government research appears to be driven by corporations that fear being implicated in any environmental relationship with the autism epidemic, and believe that these apparent conflicts of interest must be exposed. The organizations call for three urgent action steps: 1. Secretary Sebelius should declare a national health emergency and order the NIH and CDC to shift their research focus to prevention efforts, especially investigation of long overlooked environmental factors. 2. The Government Accounting Office should initiate a study of past research funding that has ignored environmental causes. We need to understand whether this was the result of lobbying to avoid possible liability that might be uncovered with examination of environmental triggers. 3. The U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Committee should initiate promised hearings as soon as possible on the failure of federal health agencies in appropriately responding to this epidemic. It has been about ten years since this Committee examined the role of the federal authorities in the autism epidemic. We can think of no other instance of any comparable epidemic that has gone on so long without Congressional oversight. Grassroots organizations represented at the press conference: Age of Autism, AutismOne, Autism Action Network, Autism File, The Canary Party, Center for Personal Rights, The Coalition for Safe Minds, Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy, Focus Autism, National Autism Association, Talk About Curing Autism. Contacts: Barbara Fischkin (516) 525-3511 [email protected] Rebecca Estepp (858) 829-6454 [email protected] Press conference: Monday, April 2, 11:00 a.m. Hilton Manhattan East 304 East 42nd St. New York, NY
  2. New CDC autism stats - cut / paste from CNN: The estimated number of U.S. autistic kids has skyrocketed by 78% since 2000, according to a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in 88 American kids has autism, according to the new figures. Among boys, it's one in 54. Why? One expert says: "Better diagnosis, broader diagnosis, better awareness, and roughly 50% of 'We don't know.'"
  3. For most of us tomorrow is April Fools Day, but for some of us it's the begining of a special month. Autistic Awareness Month. The CDC says 1 out of 88 children born will have some form of Autism. So please take a moment in the next 30 days to remember someone who deals with Autism. ... Thank You
  4. Join Autism Speaks in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Light It Up Blue to help shine a light on autism. Whether it's your front porch or your local city hall, an office party or a banquet, the whole world is going blue to increase awareness about autism