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Focus Area: Helping Children Live to the Fullest by Understanding Developmental Disabilities like Autism

Photo: Child playing with blocks at tableAutism and other developmental disabilities are some of the most significant child health issues facing families and our nation today. We estimate that one in 68 children has autism.  We’ve accelerated our search for the causes of autism and ways to address the needs of families and communities.  Our tracking system provides an accurate picture of autism across the United States, and we conduct the largest study of its kind to better identify risk factors and causes. Better tracking, research, and improved early identification are leading us to a better understanding of autism and better results for children. These data will drive national, state, and local policy and planning activities to help children and their families get the help and support they need.

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