Thursday, March 11, 2010

1 in 100

Thirty years ago autism affected 1 in 10 000 children.
When Sebastian was diagnosed and untill almost four years ago, official statistic cited the number of autistic children as 1 in 360 . I heard this from dr Peter Szatmari at the time.
Then the number become one in 150, and now it is 1 in 100. When they counted in Britain the number was 1 in 58.

So if the autism epidemic will continue to progress at the same rate, in four years we will have 1 in 25 children with autism. In eight years it will be one in 1 in 6! Add another four years of similar progression, adn 12 years from now and more than half of our children will have autism. A couple of decades down the road it might be that non autistic people will be very rare. Perhaps only one in ten thousand neurotypical people will be found among a sea of autistic.

It is just a thought, an idea for science fiction movie, but what if it really IS happening?

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