“There’s such a thing as an Autism Epidemic.”
False. Misinterpretation of figures.
In recent years, there has only been an increase in diagnoses of autism among certain groups of people living in certain regions; this is caused by heightened awareness of the condition, not the incidence. In this particular context, the word ‘epidemic’ is a media hype misnomer.
See other: Mythconceptions?
As one who has spent considerable time in the service of special needs children, I can certainly agree with that. A few years ago, we didn’t even know what autism was; now we are coming to recognize that there are many forms of it, and that it doesn’t always manifest itself in the same way each time it appears.