According to new data from Rutgers University, New Jersey preschoolers are being diagnosed with autism at the highest rate in the United States.
The National Autistic Society defines autism as a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.
It is not a disease, but rather, a spectrum disorder. Due to the nature of this disorder, people with autism all have different experiences.
As reported by the Center of Disease Control, one in 35 New Jersey children have been diagnosed with autism.
The NAS says that “All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways.”
Diagnosis rates of autism have jumped from one percent in children born in 1992 to three percent in children born in 2010.