2. Autism is Becoming More Prevalent
The Autism Science Foundation reports that as of 2014, 1 in 68 children in the U.S. had an autism-related disorder. The actual disorder itself may not be becoming more common, but in 2012 the estimate was 1 in 88 children.
That’s a stark contract to reports in the 1980’s that claimed only 1 in 10,000 children had autism. The criteria for diagnosis is changing and therefore so are the numbers. For example, Asperger’s Syndrome is now included in the autism spectrum, whereas it wasn’t 30 years ago or so.