3 Reasons Why Canadians (and Everyone Else) Should Stop Using the 1 in 68 Autism Stat (For Now)

Here’s a thought provoking piece for you in light of World Autism Day.

Gingerheaddad

Well, well, well. Just in time for World Autism Awareness Day, there is a very highly publicized new stat about autism. This number will be used and referred to many times on April 2, 2014. It will be etched in stone and be forever called the “autism rate” or “rate of autism.”

The media coverage of the new prevalence numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been nothing short of disappointing and shallow.

Then again, none of us should be reading about science or medicine via press release and that is what most media coverage of science and medicine is.

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3 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why Canadians (and Everyone Else) Should Stop Using the 1 in 68 Autism Stat (For Now)

  1. Thank you very much for sharing my post. I believe it is important that we know that Canadians can’t just apply any number about autism prevalence because we need to know what the situation is here. Only then can we start to address the needs of people in this country.

    By the way, you have reminded me that I haven’t been to see the McMichael in far too long. I think there might be a trip in my future.

    • Hi there! No problem. I appreciate your perspective.
      You should definitely check out the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in the near future. We now offer accessible programs for children, youth, adults and seniors living with various special needs. The McMichael has been working on an accessibility project over the last two years and we have definitely been seeing the fruits of our labour. Please visit our website at http://www.mcmichael.com or peruse some of the blog posts for a tangible view of our accessible program design!

      • Thank you for the information. Visiting the McMichael is now on our summer vacation list. It’s great that you have put the effort into accessibility and accommodation.

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