Infographic: Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children and Youth in Canada 2018

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Autism Prevalence among Children and Youth in Canada

2018 Report of the National Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Surveillance System*

In Canada, among children and youth 5-17 years of age:

  • An estimated 1 in 66 have been diagnosed with ASD
  • Males were identified with ASD 4x more frequently than females. One in 42 males were diagnosed with ASD. One in 165 females were diagnosed with ASD.
  • More than half of children and youth (56%) had received their diagnosis by age 6; and more than 90% of children and youth were diagnosed by age 12.

*Report finding are based on 2015 health, education and social services data collected from seven participating provincial and territorial governments (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory), representing 40% of children and youth in Canada.

Acknowledgements: This work was made possible through collaboration between the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and participating provincial and territorial governments and expert advice from the Autism Spectrum Disorders – Advisory Committee (ASD-AC). This infographic was developed by PHAC, no endorsement by provincial and territorial partners should be inferred.

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