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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

No Numbers in Canada

VOCM reports:
Despite growing numbers, there has never been an epidemiological study carried out in Canada on Autism rates.

While research continues into what causes the disorder, no study has ever taken place in this country to examine possible patterns, causes and effects.

Right now, the Autism Society works with statistics provided by the US Center for Disease Control, which suggests that Autism Spectrum Disorder affects one in every 68 births.

Executive Director of the Autism Society in Newfoundland and Labrador, Scott Crocker says there are some 1,500 to 2,000 children under the age of 18 in the province affected by Autism, but there's no real way to track patterns, like genetics and environment. Crocker calls Autism in Canada, and the province, a 'public health emergency'.