A recent study conducted by researchers from New York City has revealed that autism rates in the NYC metro area have skyrocketed. The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the rate of autism diagnoses has tripled since the year 2000.
The findings come as a surprise to many, as the rate of autism diagnoses had been relatively stable since the 1990s. However, researchers believe that the increase in autism diagnoses can be attributed to a combination of better diagnosis and a greater awareness of autism spectrum disorder.
In addition, the study found that the rate of autism diagnoses was higher in suburban areas of New Jersey than in the rest of the state. Researchers from Rutgers University believe that this discrepancy is due to undercounting in rural areas, as well as the fact that suburban areas have better access to medical services and resources.
The study also revealed that the increase in autism diagnoses is not limited to the NYC metro area. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of autism diagnoses has increased by 22.37% nationwide since 2014.
These findings have sparked a dialogue among experts and advocates about the need for better resources and services for individuals with autism. As more research is conducted, it is hoped that this will lead to better understanding and support for those living with autism.