Beginning in the early 1990's, educators and mental health professionals in the United States and Western Europe began documenting a dramatic increase in the number of cases of infantile autism. Autism is a complex and severe developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate, form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the environment. Those affected may avoid making eye contact and lack the ability to read faces for signs of emotion or other cues. In California alone, there has been a 273% increase in the number of children affected by this sad, lifelong condition.
The Autism Epidemic
Provides a summary of the debate concerning the increase in the incidence this developmental disability. Features quotes from newspaper articles and interviews.
Epidemiology Report of Autism in California
Report to the Legislature on the principal findings of a pilot study conducted by UC Davis researchers. Findings indicate that the increase in autism cannot be explained by artificial factors, such as misclassification and criteria changes.
Parents Ask Role Of Vaccines in Autism Epidemic
Report by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and the Autism Research Institute (ARI) calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to launch a collaborative effort to investigate the possible relationship between vaccines and the epidemic. (June 27, 2000)
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