Racial Disparities in Autism Spectrum Diagnoses Persist

More than one in 50 American children have been diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum, according to a new paper published in JAMA on Tuesday, in a finding that suggests diagnoses of the condition have leveled off. The new research also shows that the disorder continues to be more frequently diagnosed in white children than among non-white children. About 2.7 percent of non-Hispanic, white children have been diagnosed with autism, Asperger's syndrome or another developmental disorder on the spectrum. Only 1.8 percent of Hispanic children and 2.3 percent of black children have autism spectrum disorder diagnoses; the national...

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