Publicly available data from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows an astonishing 41,729% increase in autism since 1992. A 41,729% increase in autism in one generation is a public health emergency.

In 1991 the CDE had recorded zero cases of autism in Colorado. In 1992 there were 17 cases, and as of 2016, there are 7,111 cases of autism in children aged 5-21. But even that nearly 42,000% increase in autism does not paint the full picture. In 2016 there were also 8,992 Preschool age children diagnosed with developmental disabilities, and 10,203 additional children with “Other Health Impairments,” which includes chronic health issues and a significant increase in ADHD, seizure disorders, and emotional disorders. Furthermore, this data does not reflect the 20% of children with autism who do not attend public school, nor any adults over 21 who have aged out of school services.

The State of Colorado is facing more than 33,000 cases of children with neurological injuries, developmental delays, and other health impairments. This is clearly the largest children’s epidemic of modern times.

Not Genetic. Not Better Diagnosis. Epidemic.

These increases cannot be explained away by “better diagnosis” because most of these cases were diagnosed under the same criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) 2000.

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