The Numbers

Autism Spectrum disorder diagnoses numbers

According to the CDC, 1 in 68 people have ASD.  Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome are more likely to be diagnosed in boys.  Due to this disparity more attention is paid to the way ASD presents itself among males.  Most studies concentrate on boys with ASD.  Even the diagnostic criteria is highly dependent on studies primarily involving boys.

In light of this, I would like to pose a question.  How can we accurately determine how many girls have autism? If we can’t identify females with ASD, how can we empower them?

We are aware of these difficulties at Independent with Autism and as such only require people to recognize challenges in their daily lives.  We’re here to help girls and boys, men and women with ASD, regardless of an official diagnoses.

Rebecca J. Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help creating positive strategies? Check out IndependentwithAutism.com for more information.

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