Autism Prevalence Up to 1 in 59, New Report Says

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National Autism Association

On Thursday, the National Autism Association (NAA) said, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, that autism prevalence has increased to 1 in 59 children.

“Some experts surmise that the cause of the increase in prevalence, up from 1 in 5,000 in 1975, is likely due to better identification,” NAA said. “However, there is no evidence to support this claim.”

In terms of identifying a specific cause, NAA said more research is needed.

On Sunday (April 29), Texas Tech will host the 13th Annual Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness at the John Walker Soccer Complex at 3901 10th Street.

Sponsors include KLBK-TV and KAMC-TV.

The following is information from Texas Tech:

WHAT: 13th Annual Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness
WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Sunday (April 29)
WHERE: John Walker Soccer Complex, 3901 10th St.
EVENT: The Texas Tech University Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research is hosting the 13th Annual Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness. Students, faculty, staff and the Lubbock community are invited to show their support for autism awareness.

The event is free to the public. Free T-shirts will be distributed while supplies last. Local service providers and community agencies will share information about autism resources in Lubbock. No food or pets are allowed inside the soccer complex.

Burkhart Enterprises, KLBK-TV, KAMC-TV, American Campus Communities, Food King, Guardian Utility Construction, JP’s Fundwear and the S.S. Foundation are lead sponsors for the event. Friends and partners of the event include Amerigroup, Prosperity Bank, Parkview Pediatric Dentistry, United Supermarkets and High Point Village.

For more information about the event, including how to register or make a donation, visit the Autism Walk website.

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