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Autism Speaks and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Announce Workshop

January 5, 2011 5 comments

Autism Speaks and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are co-hosting a workshop that will investigate the changes in autism prevalence over time in the United States. Public Registration is Now Open.

Autism Speaks and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are co-sponsoring a workshop to investigate the changes in autism prevalence over time in the United States.  The CDC currently estimates that 1 in 110 children (or approximately 1%) in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This represents a 57% increase in ASD prevalence since the previous estimate just two years earlier.  Research over the last two decades has shown a stunning 600% rise in reported ASD prevalence over that time period and while new research is begging to uncover the reasons for this dramatic increase, many questions still remain.  (For more background, please see “What is Causing the Increase in Autism Prevalence”)

The purpose of this workshop is to identify promising directions, priorities, and needs for better understanding ASD prevalence trends.  The workshop will include presentations on what has been done to understand reasons for ASD prevalence changes, examples of understanding prevalence change from other conditions, and panel breakout sessions to allow for further discussions.

This meeting is open to the public with pre-registration required by January 24, 2011 for US citizens and January 13 for non-US citizens.  The workshop itself will be held on February 1, 2011.  You may find additional information below:

Date: February 1, 2011
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Roybal Campus
1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
Tom Harkin Global Communication Center
Auditorium B

PLEASE NOTE: In person attendance for the workshop is limited to 180 people due to room capacity. Registration will close when capacity is reached. However, the public will be able to watch/listen to the workshop via webinar/phone, and registration for virtual attendance will remain open.

To attend in person, please visit:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/evaluatingchangeregistration

To attend via Webinar, please visit
:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/evaluatingchangewebinar

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