Sorting the Spin
We're just changing a child's diagnosis from, let's say, intellectual disability and mental retardation to autism spectrum disorder.
The EPA's research is supported by a study of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which also found a huge spike in autism after 1988 (Nevison, 2014). Further, another study looked at substitution diagnosis such as other mental disorders and the researchers found the autism prevalence was indeed real, duplicating the EPA's report (Dave, & Fernandez, 2014).
Money follows diagnosis. And there's a lot more money that's attached to a diagnosis of autism than there would be to a diagnosis of developmental language disorder or ... a learning disability to give you an example
These kids have always been there. I started teaching in 1979 and I have always had students who were a little quirky, a little odd, a little rigid.
What is Autism?
Basically, autism is brain inflammation triggered by an environmental factor based on the science (here; here). Our government is so afraid to look at the environmental factor that they create this spin... and more children are harmed.
Jaslow, R. (2014). Autism rates rise 30 percent in two-year span:CDC. CBSNews. Retrieved from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/autism-rates-rise-30-percent-in-two-year-span-cdc/
McDonald, M., & Paul, J. (2010). Timing of increased autistic disorder cumulative incidence. Environmental Science Technology, 44(6). doi:10.1021/es902057K
Nevison, C. (2014). a comparison of temporal trends in United States autism prevalence to trends in suspected environmental factors. Environ Health, 13(73). Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4177682/