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Pennsylvania Autism Census Highlights Dramatic Increase in Numbers, Drexel Researchers Show

Pennsylvania’s Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT) has released the Pennsylvania Autism Census Update for 2014. The original Pennsylvania Autism Census released in 2009 identified almost 20,000 individuals with autism receiving services across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The 2014 Pennsylvania Autism Census Update now estimates that there are over 55,000 children and adults with autism receiving services, which is almost triple the number initially identified. “The 2014 Pennsylvania Autism Census Update is one of the first efforts in the nation to capture where individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum are receiving services,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Lindsay Shea, director of the eastern region of ASERT and senior manager of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University. “Pennsylvania is leading the nation in using data to help inform autism-specific policy and programs. The 2014 Pennsylvania Autism Census Update is a landmark effort using data from multiple sources to help achieve that goal.”

Pennsylvania Autism Census Highlights Dramatic Increase in Numbers