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The Differences Between Us are Smaller than the Similarities that Unite Us: The Rising Tide of Neuro

The rates of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been rising dramatically over the last 20 years. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ([CDC], 2018; based on surveillance data from 2014) estimates that 1 in every 59 children is now diagnosed with ASD (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – Fifth Edition [DSM-V], 2013). With more and more children receiving a diagnosis of ASD, the prevalence of children with ASD who are transitioning into adulthood is on the rise. Estimates from the last ~ five years suggest that about 50,000 persons with ASD are turning 18 every year (Shattuck, Narendorf, Cooper, Sterzing, Wager & Taylor, 2012). Looking into the future, the U.S.

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