Autism Rates by State?
I've actually heard a lot of wonderful things about Wisconsin, especially how green it is (the scenery/trees).
It is a pretty state - lots of lakes and trees.
With regard to the autism rate, bear in mind that the study found that there are only slightly fewer babies born in Wisconsin with autism than in the rest of the nation.
According to the following article, Wisconsin has the lowest autism rate in the U.S. The reason is unknown.
We are currently living in California. I am homesick and heartsick for NJ but I don't think there's any way I'd move back there now.
I suppose for some parents it's a juggling act (parents who are willing to relocate, I mean)--to be in a state that, by anecdotal evidence (like lower rates of some diseases or issues), seems safer, yet would offer services.
[QUOTE=MyDearColin] Thanks for the replies! I had though it was the other way around--that there are more services in NJ because there is by far a higher need.
I didn't realize there was a decrease in the number of people moving to New Jersey. It looks like you're right about more services because of more need. This is what David Kirby wrote:
"New Jersey may very well be the developmental disorder capital of North America. The CDC tells us that children here are three times more likely to have an autism diagnosis than kids in, say, Alabama.
That means that, if autism spectrum disorders are genetic only, then New Jersey officials must be three times better at diagnosing and counting ASD cases than their Alabama counterparts.
Conversely, if some autism cases really do have an environmental component -- heavy metals, for instance -- then geography itself might become a risk factor."
I guess there's no way of knowing for sure, but according to the City Data forum, there hasn't been any sort of large increase in incoming families from other states to NJ in the past 6 years, especially not compared to some other states. And in fact, last year specifically, or I guess 2005-2006, there was a decrease in the percentage of people coming in to NJ.
I didn't look up the increase in "imports" for this reason specifically, I just happened to look up that stat because I go on that forum and I am from NJ and was curious.
Thats a good point.
Rhosyn - Here's the Louisiana page from Amie's link:
School faces testing for autism link
Check out this website it is pretty cool it lists from 1998 to 2003 the differences and then you can check by individual state what the prevelance is. I know in Utah it is like 1 in 133. http://www.fightingautism.org/idea/autism-prevalence-report. php. Also check out this site it has the current figures and how fast they are diagnosising autism based by counties in some the states. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/documents/AutismCommunityRe port.pdf. Here in the NW Washington and Oregon they are saying the rise we are seeing is 2-3x the national average so about the same as Utah. it still says that New Jersey has the highest rates though out of the entire nation.