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

Parroting a statistical headline without understanding the information is not spreading “awareness”, it’s spreading mis-information. Let’s move beyond awareness – which requires NO action or personal investment – to Acceptance and Understanding – things that need us to take time to learn, think, and move beyond our preconceived notions of what autism “is”. There is no one autism.

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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