Saturday, May 18, 2024


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Autism Prevalence Rates in U.S. and Northern Ireland Continue to Rise

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At the height of the fear and confusion associated with the declaration of a coronavirus pandemic public health emergency and strict social distancing regulations in the spring of 2020, U.S. health officials published a report that, in 2016, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was estimated to affect one in 54 eight-year old children in the U.S., with one in 34 boys (2.97 percent) and one in 145 girls (.69 percent) having the developmental disorder.1 2

Those 2016 prevalence statistics represent a 10 percent rise in ASD among American children compared to a similar 2018 report that estimated one in 59 children in 2014 had ASD, the highest prevalence rate since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began tracking the development of autism in children in 11 states in 2000. According to the CDC’s data, the ASD prevalence rate has nearly tripled since 2000 and, by 2016, nearly two percent of eight-year old children in the U.S. were estimated to have ASD.3

A recent report by public health officials in Northern Ireland found an ASD prevalence rate of almost one in 20 school aged children (4.5 percent), which is a 3.3 percent increase since 2009. Thousands of children are waiting for an autism assessment in northern Ireland and public health officials say the prevalence rate may be higher.4

A Need to Prepare for the Future

The latest ASD prevalence report published by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2020 is based on active surveillance conducted by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network tracking children in 11 states (AZ, AK, CO, GA, MD, MN, MO, NJ, NC, TN WI). The ASD prevalence rate among eight year old boys living in New Jersey in 2016 was estimated to be 1 in 20—the highest among the 11 states.5 The report’s authors stated, “The ADDM Network reported higher ASD prevalence among more socioeconomically advantaged groups and among children classified as non-Hispanic white (white) than among other groups.”

This is the seventh report by the ADDM Network. The first report estimated that, based on 2000-2002 data, one in 150 eight year old children living in the U.S. in 2007 were affected by ASD. In a Mar. 26, 2020 press release, an epidemiologist with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Li-Ching Lee, PhD, commented on the latest ASD prevalence estimates for Maryland, which are one in 33 for boys and one in 128 for girls and stated:

We need to know how many children have ASD in order to prepare our communities and services systems. An ongoing and accurate estimate will help to develop realistic plans to support these children now, and later into their adolescence and adulthood.

2019 Report: Overall Significant Increases in Prevalence of Any Developmental Disability in U.S. Children

In late 2019, federal officials at the National Center for Health Statistics (NSHS) published data on diagnoses by health care professionals of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, blindness, cerebral palsy, moderate to profound hearing loss, learning disability, intellectual disability, seizures, stuttering or stammering and other developmental delays in a nationally representative survey of the civilian noninstitutionalized population in the U.S.  Known as the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the 2019 published analysis concluded that among U.S. children aged 3 to 17 years:

The prevalence of developmental disability among U.S. children aged 3 to 17 years increased between 2009 and 2017.” From 2009 to 2011 and 2015 to 2017, there were overall significant increases in the prevalence of any developmental disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability, but a significant decrease for any other developmental delay.6

 The 2019 NHIS-based prevalence estimate for any developmental disability among U.S. children ages 3 to 17 between 2015 and 2017 increased to about 17 percent (an increase of 9.5 percent) compared to the years 2009 to 2011, and the CDC now states that one in six children in the U.S. have a developmental disability.7 8 At the same time, the 2019 NHIS report found that ADHD increased more than 12 percent; intellectual disability increased more than 25 percent and ASD increased more than 122 percent.9 Boys were more likely than girls to be diagnosed with any developmental disability.

2018 Report: Parent-Reported Autism in U.S. Children

The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) study that was published in 2018 was designed by federal officials at the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.10 It is a nationally and state-representative survey of 50, 212 U.S. children, ages 0 to 17 years. Describing the survey results, authors concluded that 1 in 40 children in the U.S. have a parent-reported diagnosis of ASD. They stated:

Previous studies over the last 20 years have shown an increasing prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among US children. Moreover, families of children with ASD have reported greater health care needs and challenges compared with children with other emotional or behavioral conditions. In this study, we present new nationally representative data on the prevalence of ASD, reported health care challenges, and estimates on ASD-specific behavioral and medication treatments. The estimated prevalence of US children with parent-reported diagnosis of ASD is now 1 in 40.

New Autism Data in Ireland: One in 20 School Aged Children

According to new data published by the Department of Health in the United Kingdom, almost one in every twenty school-age children in Northern Ireland has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)11 12 The report estimates that more than 13,000 children between the ages of four to fifteen have a diagnosis of autism, an estimated 4.5 percent of the school-aged population.13

The rate of children with ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome in Northern Ireland has increased by 3.3 percent since 2009. In 2009, the rate of ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome was 1.2 percent of all children aged 4 to fifteen. In 2020, the rate has jumped to 4.5 percent, an increase of 3.3 percent.14 In response to the increased in ASD rates, the Department of Health in Northern Ireland warned against against direct comparison between years as a result of changes in the ways autism data is collected.15

Almost 4,500 children in Northern Ireland are on the waiting list for an autism assessment and public health officials are saying there could be more.16 Health Minister Robin Swann responded to this issue saying that he will create a new longer-term strategy, which will include a reduction in waiting times for assessments, giving parents a chance of early intervention.

Boys Living in Urban Areas More Likely to Be Diagnosed with ASD

The Department of Health report highlighted that boys were three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ASD. There was also a statistically significant higher prevalence rate of autism in urban areas than the rural areas.17

The Northern Ireland School Census showed that 6.7 per cent of males were identified with ASD compared to 2.2 per cent of females. The data also showed that highest prevalence autism rate recorded was 5.8 per cent for those in Year 8 (children aged 11-12), while the lowest was 1.8 per cent, for those in Year 1 Nursery  (children aged 4-5).18

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1 Maenner MJ, Shaw KA, Baio J et al. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2016MMWR Mar. 27, 2020.
2 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. U.S. Autism Rates Up 10 Percent in New CDC Report: Since 2000, Prevalence Rate Has Nearly Tripled, from 0.6 to 1.85 Percent. Press Release: Mar. 26, 2020.
3 Ibid.
4 Department of Health. Prevalence of Autism (including Asperger Syndrome) in School Age Children in Northern Ireland. 2021.
5 Maenner MJ, Shaw KA, Baio J et al. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2016 (Table 1).  MMWR Mar. 27, 2020.
6 Zablotsky B, Black LI, Maenner MJ et al. Prevalence and Trends of Developmental Disabilities among Children in the United States: 2009-2017. Pediatrics 2019; 144(4).
7 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increase in Developmental Disabilities Among Children in the United States. Sept. 26, 2019.
8 CDC. Data & Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder: Prevalence. Sept. 25, 2020.
9 Zablotsky B, Black LI, Maenner MJ et al. Prevalence and Trends of Developmental Disabilities among Children in the United States: 2009-2017. Pediatrics 2019; 144(4).
10 Kogan MD, Vladutiu CJ, Schieve LA et al. The Prevalence of Parent-Reported Autism Spectrum Disorder Among US Children. Pediatrics 2018; 142(6).
11 Department of Health. Prevalence of Autism (including Asperger Syndrome) in School Age Children in Northern Ireland. 2021.
12 Meredith R. Autism: Almost one in 20 NI schoolchildren have diagnosis. BBC May. 20, 2021.
13 Ibid.
14 Ibid.
15 Ibid.
16 Beattie J. Autism assessment waiting list hits 4,500 in Northern Ireland. May. 12, 2021.
17 McConville ML. New report shows boys in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to be diagnosed with autismIrish News May. 21, 2021.
18 Ibid.

27 Responses

  1. So what is being done for these children now and for their future? Right now they have no place to go in the event their parents did and there’s no one in their family that can care for them……this country needs to act, not talk!!!!!
    These children deserve better!







  4. When my three-year-old was diagnosed with autism in 1991, the condition was so rare that his pediatrician had never seen an autistic toddler. (Imagine that.) And at the time, it was considered untreatable. As the 1990s passed, the numbers kept increasing, and so did the number of vaccines. My son’s mercury level was off the charts when he was toddler, but he certainly didn’t eat tuna. However, it is my understanding that mercury has been taken out childhood vaccines, but the numbers of autistic kids keep rising. My own feeling is that the EMFs from cell phones and iPads are exposing babies to level of radiation unknown in human history. I have seen pregnant women prop their iPads on their stomachs, and they all use cell phones. And we’ve all seen toddlers transfixed by their iPads rather than looking at the world around them.

    1. Mercury is very brain-damaging (and has finally been removed from most vaccines), but many vaccines still contain aluminum which could be even worse than Mercury!

      Mercury was mainly put in vaccines as a preservative (another brain-damaging preservative was Formaldehyde). But aluminum is used to poison the immune system and kick it into a chaotic frenzy (like kicking a hornet nest). Vaccinology believers call this an ‘adjuvant’ and like to think it causes the body to learn to attack an ‘antigen’ like a hypothetical virus or whatever. In reality, there is no predicting what the immune system will start to attack in that chaotic state.

      The result is food allergies (some vaccines contain Peanut or Egg proteins, for example), devastating autoimmune diseases (which are allergies to your own body tissues), etc. Vaccines are only really good at causing allergies!

      But back to aluminum– it’s long been known (even in the Vaccinology field) that aluminum causes brain and immune system damage. More recently, Chris Exeley has done a bunch of research on the brain-damaging effects of aluminum and the connection to autism… The aluminum tends to be transported to the brain where it causes havoc. It should be no surprise to anyone that as the amount of aluminum-containing vaccines given to children at an early age has skyrocketed, so has the Autism rate in those children.

      What will really blow your mind is this is only half the story— aluminum is also implicated in Alzheimers, which I think of as Autism in elderly people… My mom had it until her death and it is absolutely horrific to the victim and the family members that take care of them. I would like to see someone compile Alzheimers / dementia statistics and see how they line up with Autism increases. Elderly people are always targeted for various harmful ineffective vaccines like Flu, Pneumonia, Shingles, etc…

      That being said, there are many other brain-damaging toxins that elderly people might be exposed to like pretty much anything containing fluorine (fluoride in water, antidepressant SSRI drugs, Cipro antibiotics, anesthetic drugs), and other brain-damaging drugs like Lipitor (statins). My mom was poisoned with statins, and also anesthetics from many operations. I could see her mental state visibly and permanently harmed each time she came out from a procedure where she was put under general anesthesia.

      In the case of children, though, there are really only a few obvious culprits– aluminum-containing vaccines being the biggest… And needless to say that in the first hours, days, months, and years of life and development, the effects of brain-damaging toxins are going to be much worse than in an adult. Don’t forget pregnant women are targeted for vaccines too, so fetuses will be getting dosed with aluminum even before they are born.

    2. Also, I agree about RF / EMF…. another big problem, which will be much worse for a developing brain. And has also increased massively over the past few decades.

    3. The mercury burden is also passed from mother to child. In our case, amalgam fillings. When they removed the mercury it was replaced with aluminum. Aluminum and mercury are synergistic. Although aluminum is certainly problematic on its own. The children are born with a high load of toxicity and then accumulate more. Add in the overuse of antibiotics- so many even getting their first dose ala IV abx in labor. It’s the perfect storm.

    4. Mercury wasn’t actually removed till 2002 as they were allowed to use up the old stores. Also there are “traces” in most vaccines from the manufacturing process that don’t have to be reported. However if you check the CDC Vaccine Excipients Summary Report [changes yearly] you will see that 7 shots still list Hg as an adjuvant. It was never a preservative but an immune stimulant/challenger so you would react better to the vaccine. The addition /replacement with aluminum was just as bad especially since many shots have more than one type of AL. 20+ shots also have formaldehyde[carcinogen used for embalming]. Others have combos of TritonX100 [used in rocket fuel], polysorbate80 used to induce inflammation in lab animals, several antibiotics,antifungals, potassium chloride [used in executions], 4 different cell lines from aborted fetuses, blood and dna from cows,pigs,chickens,monkeys,dogs,guinea pigs ,mice,army worms and now moths. It is a witches brew of poison that evil to the core.
      The reason there is more autism in urban areas is not only more access to vaccinations and more pollution; but cities are fluoridated whereas country folk often have wells. It has been proven that boys are more sensitive [8 times more likely to get bone cancer] to fluoride than girls. Fluorine,Hg,AL,and other toxins are all synergistic and cumulative and immature immune systems can’t handle it. BTW Hg & AL together are literally 100X more toxic than separately. The ONLY vaccine to have both is tetanus and my last shot at age 48 PARALYZED my vocal chords for 2 months. Turns out it was a listed side effect in the fine print of the product package insert that you have to fight with doctors & pharmacists to show you. The other problem is when the give these kids in high school Gardasil with the Mennigitis shot together. One has Al and the other has Hg = Guillan -Barre paralysis.

  5. ACT yes, but look at the ROOT cause. It just doesn’t rise like that out of thin air. But now since they aren’t teaching critical thinking skills in school, we will barely be able to say ROOT cause little lone find it. Travesty!!! Also a national security issue as well with the prevalence of BOYs on track to be 1in 25 in the US by 2030.

  6. Have you ever search for the word “neurodiversity” on the internet… Creating sepcial schools for those children with ADD and so forth, as if that would help shape the future. Just like the rise of overweight and obese people in this country, noone wants to deal with the base/cause of any issues. So instead of looking at the fact straight up and discuss changing the vaccine schedule and removing harmful chemicals such as Aluminium, we just give people a false hope with special schools (and I do not mean we do not need special schools/programs, because those kids who have been injured are here now and something needs to be done).

  7. Joan, how would you feel knowing that the mercury was never removed? They just changed the labelling. The Senator from Indiana took them before Congress and asked why everyone they tested had mercury in it. The FDA said ask the USDA I believe. They said if it is used during the process of making it, it doesn’t have to be listed as an ingredient. Grrrrrrr (smoke and mirrors) Watch Trace Amounts, it shows that even what they consider trace amounts are WAY too high!

  8. I’ve looked into fracking and the amount of heavy metals put into our regular water supply. It wouldn’t surprise me that they finally come out and say it’s lead poisoning. Austin’s symptoms are very similar to lead poisoning. A lot of rural farming communities use well water and that would explain a lesser prevalence. We drink spring water only, not tap or purified water. GA doesn’t have fracking so I’m am confused by this one. I’d like to see their numbers isolated.

  9. Mercury was never the only problem see Chris Exleys research into the effects of aluminium on the human brain and nervous system..30 years of research and now he’s finding funding has been withdrawn and all sorts of difficulties …just like Andrew Wakefield …

  10. The difference between urban and rural rates has been explained in a fact known as the use of low income child welfare programs that Require vaccinations for the well child clinics that many rural people don’t use.
    The explanation for increased mercury load is that it is accumulative in the brain and some children have no metabolic way to clear the system of mercury..or aluminum accumulations especially from the brain. They’ve suffered damage to the gut and neural systems as well that might have helped expellsuchnaccumukations. And not all vaccines were cleared of those adjuvants, some retained some of the elements and the…system lords…lied about it. It’s also been a proven fact that just the combined vaccines alone can cause brain damage,,adjuvants or not. This is old news from the very beginning of the mar vaccines that Dr.Wakefield was pilloried for…his reports of finding but damage in children who had gotten the more vaccine. As far back as 1988…. Today,,the number and scheduling of vaccines ..approved by the CDC,,has increased to…I think the over all total,is now 64…and starting in infancy.
    Infants of low income families were given experimental vaccines for sexually active adults as newborns. Verified. My own grandson developed brain damage immediately after Mother being talked into getting those vaccines into her newborn as a needed act…which they weren’t …but our daughter was alone at the hospital at the time and none of us knew much about vaccines at the time…except it was my understanding that No newborn should ever receive a vaccine…but I wasn’t there to know what had transpired. It wasn’t her doctor who nicely pressured her into getting her infant son vaccinated,,it was a nurse. And daughters husband and she were first time parents and …low income at the time. Doctors and nurses were paid a commission for the people they could convince of giving their newborns those vaccines too. The whole scheme is far worse than is spoken of today and back then…was ..Ignored impossible results.

  11. Typos in comment above…couldn’t find the edit to correct…sorry. And it Is the mmr vaccine referred to..not the mar….

  12. I have heard researchers say that the drug Suramin will cure children with autism. Bayer makes Suramin, but they have taken it off the market. I have also heard that Suramin like chemicals are in pine needle tea. If I had an autistic child I would be willing to change their diet to all organic foods with no sugar and processed wheat. And I would try pine needle tea. Remember that native Americans used pine needle tea to treat scurvy, so it has medicinal properties. Just a thought.

  13. I’d like to know how many forced vaccines these children are having by the time they reach 8 years of age? Pretty interesting the numbers go up and the number of vaccines rise. Coincidence? NO WAY

    1. I’m not sure they’ll let me link to this here, but Children’s Health Defense (RFK jr’s organization) made a helpful chart comparing 1986 kids’ vaccine schedule to 2019 schedule:

      Pretty horrifying… Is it really any surprise there is so much more chronic illness, autoimmune disease, and autism these days? Much like ‘health care’ and ‘safe and effective,’ I think the term ‘well child visit’ is sort of the opposite of the reality.

      What can you really call this except a crime against humanity? Pharma keeps shoving more and more of these poisons into kids. Profits are huge in the vaccine market…

      And make no mistake, if vaccine passports are adopted— EVERYONE will be forced to get ALL these vaccines (and all the covid ones and boosters) too. It might start with a Covid vaccine, but it will grow like the child schedule. If vaccine passports succeed, all freedom will be lost…

  14. Maybe they should start looking into all the vaccines that they require for the children now a days!! They just keep adding them, which the pharmaceutical companies just keep getting richer and children and families keep suffering!!

  15. Born in 1965, my son struggled with a nonspecific “learning disorder” through his school years; barely graduated from high school in 1993; graduated from Tech School with a huge student loan and no job prospects; then struggled for years in the world-of-work to keep a job and take care of himself. Finally in 2019 he was diagnosed with Asperger’s autism because an observant counselor referred him to Vocational Rehab for testing. Recently I became aware of my hypersensitivity to ElectroMagnetic Interference (EMI) caused by faulty/ungrounded wiring in my 1954-built home. EMI (dirty electricity) can make autism worse and is associated with his symptoms (insomnia, endocrine reactions, tinnitus, poor concentration, tremors and other health problems. So we tested his circuits and found they carried from 400 – 1500 volts/meter. Safe levels are usually less than 50 volts/meter! We have corrected the incredibly high EMI levels to under 120 Volts and are observing the results over the next month. The EMI mitigation specialist with whom we consulted said that most apartments will typically carry voltages upwards of 1000 volts/meter. Invisible electrical energy does harm to human tissue. Be aware; buy a EMI meter and test your environment, as 5-G is here and EMI will only get worse, as will unexplained health problems. Check out Lloyd Burrell’s book, “EMF Practical Guide.”

  16. We can not understand the problem until there is properly designed research. And all of the research on vaccines/autism was ended with the 2004 Pediatrics paper. Of course, now William Thompson, CDC scientist and paper co-author, has stepped forward with the information that they were ‘forced’ by adminstrators to ‘adjust’ the data after the study was completed and showed a 300% plus increase in autism in Black boys vaccinated with MMR prior to 36 months.

  17. There are ways to remove aluminum from the body and possibly help the situation. Look up “silica water and Dennis N. Crouse”. His book is well worth reading. Our family has been drinking the silica water for about 18 months now. We saw some improvements in our six year old son with Sensory Processing Disorder.

    Bithynia, and others, please be careful about saying what you would do if you had an Autistic child. Fortunately for us, our son only has Sensory Processing Disorder, not ASD, but you cannot possibly understand a family’s situation until you have walked in their shoes. My son eats a total of 7 different foods because of his sensitivities and food allergies. When our family went organic 2 years ago I spent hours and hours on phone calls trying to source organic ingredients that were safe for him. Through the years we have made decisions to cut out certain things, for his direct benefit, but those decisions come at a high cost. I say all this to just try to get you to slow down, don’t judge others so harshly, and please don’t flippantly say what you would do in that situation. You couldn’t possibly know until you’ve lived through it.

  18. The big question is WHY the rate of autism is increasing. There must be focus on the cause.

  19. What if there is explanation as to HOW vaccines and medications, such as antibiotics (a very prevalent drug in infancy), can be linked to autism and other neuro/autoimmune issues. Over a year ago I wrote an article after finding a direct connection – how the bioengineering of all of these things is made to be delivered via one specific pathway – Biotin. In so doing, they can not only lead to Biotin deficiency, but the inactivation of B12 as Adenosylcobalamin – blocking the formation of ATP in cell mitochondria. NONE of this would show up on any standard blood panel. However, if this becomes severe, it may then start to show up as anemia or disruption of other organ functions depending on severity. Liver, heart, kidney, GI, Thyroid panels can begin to show signs as disruption continues. No one would trace it back to Biotin because NO ONE suspects Biotin. B12 will be having issues, but no one may test it properly or even interpret it properly – possibly interpret an elevated level as fine when it actually implies inactivation. Over time this would just resemble long term autoimmune issues and the body will continue to deteriorate. More Medications may be given to try and control new symptoms/diseases and issues – only making the matter worse. Glyphosate in food can contribute by destroying gut producing bacteria supplying minimal amounts of biotin and other B vites to the body. If you eliminate foods in diet it can further exacerbate issues by eliminating sources of vites – a vicious cycle. Some individuals can actually have a genetic issue with recycling biotin (severe biotinidase deficiency is usually found shortly after birth because of life threatening acidemia issues), but low functioning biotinidase issues (a decreased ability to recycle biotin in the body meaning a body needs specific supplementation every day or symptoms become worse), is almost never identified. When drugs and other items begin to disrupt the biotin pathways, the downhill slide begins and unless supplementation is done to offset, it will likely lead to lifelong progressing disease. And in medicine, not only do they deliver things via the biotin pathway – they also test via that same pathway. So levels that show up on tests – can actually be altered via biotin (deficiency and supplemented). This creates a circular reference that could lead to long term drug dependence because no one understands this issue. I tried to explain these details in my article in order to give people an avenue to explore with their doctors, or even on their own, to see if it can help. This is not only for humans, but also for animals, especially dogs with unexplained neurological deterioration. If anyone would care to read my article this is the link:

  20. I found that Poland and Taiwan have much lower autism than United States , South Korea and Hong Kong.

    Their is a ingredients or products that is baned in Poland and Taiwan that is allowed in other countries.
    How difficult would it be to review the laws to find a list of suspects?
    Then correlate with the rest of countries and the time when the ingredients were manufactured.
    The CDC could complete the investigation in < 6 months.
    So could a private investigation.
    Correlation is not proof but it is good enough to ban the suspects.

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