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The Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities System (WISADDS) is part of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). WISADDS is a multi-source public health surveillance project that monitors the prevalence of autism spectrums disorders (ASDs), cerebral palsy (CP), and co-occurring intellectual disability (ID) in 8-year-old children within a 10-county area in southeastern Wisconsin.

WISADDS also monitors the prevalence of ASDs among 4-year old children within a 2-county area in south central Wisconsin.

ASD Prevalence, 2014

The information below represents a portion of the results from the 2014 survey of ASD Prevalence in 8-year-old children. A complete factsheet is available here.

  • Number of children identified with ASDs: 494
  • Total prevalence of ASDs: 14.1 per 1,000 (1 in 71)
    • Boys: 1 in 47
    • Girls: 1 in 156
  • White: 1 in 66
  • Black: 1 in 88
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • White: 1 in 66
    • Black: 1 in 88
    • Hispanic: 1 in 80
    • Asian or Pacific Islander: 1 in 98
  • Documented ASD Diagnosis
    • DSM-IV vs. DSM-5 ASD criteria: more than 90% of children meeting criteria for ASD under DSM-IV, also met criteria for ASD under DSM-5
    • Median earliest age ASD was documented in their records: 4 years, 3 months

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Counties of WISADDSPart of Wisconsin included in ADM highlighted in yellow, 2014.

10 counties: Dane, Green, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Walworth, and Waukesha

Population of 8-Year-Old Children in Study Area, 2014

  • 8-Year-Old Children: 35,037
  • White: 59%
  • Black: 19%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 4%
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native: <1%