Hewitt Summarizes National Autism Study in College Blog
ICI's Amy Hewitt summarized the Minnesota findings of a national autism study funded by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Improving Lives — CEHD Vision 2020 Blog, a news outlet associated with the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. The Minnesota portion of the study described in the blog was performed by ICI's Minnesota-Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (MN-ADDM), where Hewitt is principal investigator. MN-ADDM identified 1 in 42 children (2.4 percent) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Minnesota. Focused on children who were 8 years old, the study relied on 2014 data from the health and special education records of 9,767 children in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. In the blog, Hewitt explained what the initial autism prevalence data (which were higher than CDC's nationwide rate) revealed and suggested how the research could be expanded. She also wrote about the need to support community members and families living with autism, emphasizing the lifelong benefits of early diagnosis and treatment.