Many girls and women do not meet diagnostic criteria, as the criteria are based on the behavioural phenotype of boys. There exists a critical need for diagnostic criteria to reflect the female phenotype.
An estimate of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that rates of ASDs are roughly 30% higher than previous estimates.
Robert Perske, respected author, advocate and long-time supporter of The Arc, compiled a list of people with intellectual disabilities who gave false confessions to begin documenting these otherwise hidden-away cases.
The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) is the first national effort of its kind to bring together both victim and suspect/ offender issues involving people with I/DD under one roof.
To improve recognition of the early signs of ASD among pediatricians, parents, and early intervention providers, Kennedy Krieger Institute has developed this free 9-minute video tutorial on ASD behavioral signs in one-year-olds.