A Dad's Journey

Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in May, 2011

Give the CIC enough time and let another country do all the heavy lifting and they will eventualy release new numbers on autism. The articles are the same boring (we don’t know if it’s because of more accurate reporting), that won’t change until we climb up to 1 out of 2 children.  As it is, we’re now up to 1 out of 6, which is frightening enough.  Of course, not frightening enough for anyone to actually do anything.

The autism prevelance rate seems to be going like an old “Get Smart” routine.  The one where Max would start out with something completely inplausible, then wind up with something totally mundane.   In this case, the joke is on us in reverse.  When my boys were born 11 years ago, the stated rate for autism was still about 1 out of 1,000.  Over time, that rate dropped down to 1 out of 250 to the more recent 1 out of 110 and now comes news from Korea that the world rate might be closer to 1 out of 40.

I suppose when it gets down to 1 out of 10, maybe, just maybe, some docs who still have their heads up their butts, will decide it’s no longer a case of better diagnosing.

A new method to estimate autism prevalence worked out that 2.6% of South Korea’s population has an autism spectrum disorder, much higher than previous estimates, researchers from the USA and South Korea revealed in the American Journal of Psychiatry. That is 1 in every 38 children.

I’m going to the game on Saturday with my longtime friend, Jim and hope to grab a few photos of the event to put up on this website.  I will say there are very few things the Mets have done right over the past 10 years, but their yearly commitment to the Autism epidemic is a shining exception to their normal malaise.