Autism Spectrum Disorder
The rate of children identified with an autism spectrum disorder remains at 1 in 68 children nationally.
This statistic is according to a March 2016 report released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is based on the CDC’s evaluation of health and educational records of 8-year-old children in 2012 in 11 states, including New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest rates of those states evaluated: with 1 in 41 children (2.5% of children). This percentage is higher than the average percentage identified with ASD (1.5%) in all communities in the United States where CDC tracked ASD in 2012. The New Jersey rate marks an increase of 12% from the previous 1 in 45 statistic released two years ago.