According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one child in 88 has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). That’s a 23-percent increase since the organization’s last report in 2009. That ratio is even higher in New Jersey, which reported one child in 49 diagnosed with an ASD.
Some experts believe that New Jersey ranks so high simply
because its medical and educational personnel are particularly adept at
identification and diagnosis—and because parents in New Jersey are more
aware of ASDs as well.