Rate of Autism in California School-Age Kids Up 7 Percent

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A mother and son during an in-home session of applied behavioral analysis therapy. (Jeremy Raff/KQED)

Between 2014-15 and 2015-16 the number of California public school students diagnosed with autism went up by seven percent, according to the most recent data from the state's Department of Education. The increase means that more than one in every sixty-five kindergartners in California has an autism diagnosis. We'll talk about how families and schools are dealing with the growing numbers of autistic students.


Matt Carey, runs LeftBrain/RightBrain; parent of an autistic child

Rachel Norton, commissioner, San Francisco Board of Education

Aubyn Stahmer, associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral science and director of community-based treatment research, Mind Institute at UC Davis