3 Reasons Why Canadians (and Everyone Else) Should Stop Using the 1 in 68 Autism Stat (For Now)

The proof is in the numbers…or is it. While written to the Canadian people, he raises many points about the limitations of the study here in the states and worldwide.

Gingerheaddad

Well, well, well. Just in time for World Autism Awareness Day, there is a very highly publicized new stat about autism. This number will be used and referred to many times on April 2, 2014. It will be etched in stone and be forever called the “autism rate” or “rate of autism.”

The media coverage of the new prevalence numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been nothing short of disappointing and shallow.

Then again, none of us should be reading about science or medicine via press release and that is what most media coverage of science and medicine is.

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3 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why Canadians (and Everyone Else) Should Stop Using the 1 in 68 Autism Stat (For Now)

  1. Thank you so much for sharing my post. I did write it primarily for Canadians because we start using whatever number comes up in the States without addressing the fact that we have no idea what the prevalence is in Canada. The CDC does a good job of saying what the limitations are in the United States and that is to their credit.

    Thank you again.

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