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Outing Autism over-diagnosis

March 26, 2016

Even a cursory look at autism diagnosis data reveals serious problems.

In a 2008 article from the peer-reviewed journal “Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” — which apparently used to be titled “Mental Retardation” before the thought and speech police outlawed this term — Charles Holburn from the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities cites some troubling statistics. Several decades ago, the autism rate among children was 1-in-14,300. It rose to 1-in-150 by 2002. Now it is just 1-in-45 if we use the latest 2014 data.