From The Hill blog, an item by Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), who has chaired the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 1997-2002.
On March 30, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
released their latest figures on the number of autistic kids in America.
The numbers are sobering. Thirty years ago it was estimated that autism
affected only 1 out of every 10,000 individuals. The latest CDC figures
put the number at 1 in 88 American children (one in 54 boys); a 550
percent jump in cases since 2000. We are literally in the midst of a nationwide epidemic.