Federal government estimates 1 in 88 children in the US has autism


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"This information paints a picture of the magnitude of the condition across our country and helps us understand how communities identify children with autism," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "That is why HHS and our entire administration has been working hard to improve the lives of people living with autism spectrum disorders and their families by improving research, support, and services."

The Arc, an advocacy group for people with disabilities, warned against proposed cuts to federal healthcare spending.

"The data signal an impending crisis in America's safety net system for people with autism and related disorders," The Arc CEO Peter Berns said in a statement. "We may be facing a ‘perfect storm’ as the rapid rise in the prevalence of autism comes at the very same time Congress is proposing to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the Medicaid program — the single largest funding source of services and support for autism — while slashing funding for public health programs."