New numbers show prevalence rates of ASD in Canada similar to those of other nations
OTTAWA, March 29, 2018 /CNW/ - Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has a significant and life-long impact on people living with the condition and their families. Families of children with ASD face unique challenges and the Government of Canada
Today, the Public Health Agency of Canada, together with the provinces and territories, released the first national ASD prevalence estimates among children aged 5-17 years. The report, Autism Spectrum Disorders Among Children and Youth in Canada 2018: A report of the National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System, was developed in close cooperation with the provinces, territories and ASD stakeholder groups.
The report estimates that 1 in 66 Canadian children and youth have an ASD diagnosis, which is in line with findings in similar studies conducted in the United States. The data released today establish a baseline that will help researchers determine if ASD prevalence rates change over time. The data will also help inform the development of policies and services to support Canadians with ASD and their families.
"Our government is committed to supporting individuals with ASD and their families. We heard from parents, stakeholders and researchers that information on the prevalence of ASD data very much needed and today's report will address that need. I am hopeful that these data, in addition to significant new investments proposed in Budget 2018, can make a difference in the lives of people with ASD and their families."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.Minister of Health
"Understanding trends and patterns in ASD diagnosis is essential to developing meaningful programs and services to support people living with ASD and their families. This report represents a significant step forward for scientists and researchers investigating ASD, and forms the foundation for advancing evidence-based decision making."
Dr. Theresa TamCanada's Chief Public Health Officer
Associated LinksAutism Spectrum Disorders Among Children and Youth in Canada 2018: A report of the National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System Infographic: Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children and Youth in Canada 2018
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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