California faced a 12-Fold Increase in Autism Between 1987 and 2007, Shows New Report

June 21, 2009

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A new study released by California's Department of Developmental Services reveals that the state saw a 12-fold increase during the past two decades in the number of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) receiving services through regional centers.

Currently, there are more than 38,000 people in California receiving services for ASD, a growth that has averaged 13.4 percent annually since 2002. If the trend continues, the state may serve as many as 70,000 people with ASD by June 2012.

From: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Changes in the California Caseload, An Update: June 1987 - June 2007.