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Colorado at National Average for Prevalence of Autism

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A recent national study by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Network showed the prevalence of autism in Colorado to be slightly lower than the average of the 14 states included in the study. The study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Colorado data showed a prevalence rate of children with autism to be 5.9 out of 1,000 children who were 8 years old in 2002 and higher among boys of the same age, at 9.9 out of 1000. This was slightly lower than the 14-state average prevalence of 6.6 children out of 1,000. Among participating states, Alabama had the lowest prevalence at 3.3 per 1,000, while New Jersey showed the highest rate at 10.6 per 1,000.

Lisa Miller, director of the division of Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said, "Autism is a serous public concern affecting many children. This information points out the challenge for families, health care systems and schools that care for, diagnose and provide services for these children." In Colorado, the sample for the survey data was provided from two metropolitan counties, Arapahoe and Boulder.