Prevalence

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children in the United States have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  That means that as many as 1.5 million Americans today are believed to have some form of autism, including the potential for there to be an excess of 125,000 Virginians. (View CDC press release on prevalence)

For more information on child health data as it relates to Autism Spectrum Disorders, check out this online resource

For more information on the latest research on prevalence and risk factors, check out the latest from Dr. Oswald's Blog

At this time, autism is not a reportable health condition in Virginia, so the only data available is that provided by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  Since VDOE posts their annual child count data each year, it is clear from these statistics that the numbers continue to grow.   In 1998 VDOE reported 1,521 children identified with ASD.  This number increased to 18,256 students as of 2015.