Autism Prevalence Study results!
Good morning and happy Monday! AAP is happy to announce the first year results of its Project for an Autism Database, which seeks to inform policy makers, advocates, and the general public about the state of autism in Nebraska. We commissioned the University of Nebraska - Omaha Center for Applied Psychological Services (UNO CAPS), led by Professor Joe Allen, to determine the prevalence rate of autism in Nebraska. This kind of study has never been done in Nebraska before. Using school data combined with surveys, the UNO CAPS team determined the following prevalence rates: For ages 3-21, the rate of autism is 1 in 128 Nebraskans. The rate increases to 1 in 112 for ages 3-18, and jumps to 1 in 98 for age 8.
KETV did a story on our report Sunday, January 17.
As discussed in the story, the prevalence rate we found in Nebraska is lower than the national average of 1 in 68. We think that is a function of less services statewide and a lack of insurance coverage in Nebraska up until 2015. States with higher rates of autism often correlate with the availability of services.
We look forward to continuing to research and provide more data about autism as part of our mission.
Please contact Dave Pantos at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or for a copy of the full report.