The country’s average for autism diagnosis in the United States is 13 in every 1,000 children. New Jersey’s average is 28 per 1,000 children.
In accordance with new information from Rutgers University, New Jersey kids have been identified as having autism at the highest rate in America.
The National Autistic Society defines autism as a life long, developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to others, and the way they go through the world around them.
It’s not a disease, but rather, a spectrum disorder. Because of the nature of the disorder, those with autism all have different experiences.
As stated by the Center of Disease Control, one out of 35 New Jersey kids are identified as having autism.
The NAS states that “All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways.”
Diagnosis rates of autism have jumped from one percent in kids born in 1992 to 3% in children born in 2010.
Currently one out of every 23 four-year-old boys is identified as having autism in New Jersey, a 43% jump from 4 years ago and echoing the autism gender disparity.
The director of the New Jersey part of the Rutgers University study, Walter Zahorodny, stated: “There’s no letup. I really don’t understand why the rate is going up in this way.”
It’s been found out that certain elements, like elderly parents, premature birth, and being one of multiple children in a single birth boost the chances of an autism diagnosis, but it’s not yet been determined why.
As the greatest influence seems to be unknown environmental factors, the one thing is for sure, rising autism rates are not at all correlated to vaccination.
Information source: Independent UK