Autism Maps -- North Dakota
Between 2000 and 2010 North Dakota had dramatic growth in both Autism diagnoses and the Autism ratio in the 3 through 21 age group. This is similar to all other US states except Iowa. Also similar to many other states was the decline in Specific Learning Disability (SLD) diagnoses during the time that ASD was increasing. In North Dakota however, the decline in Mental Retardation (MR) diagnoses was even steeper -- between 2000 and 2010 MR diagnoses in North Dakota declined by almost 40%, from 1,246 to 763. Among other diagnoses that sometimes overlap with Autism -- Speech/Language Disorder and Emotional Disturbance diagnoses decreased; Developmental Delay and "Other" diagnoses both increased substantially.
From 2000 to 2010 the North Dakota population increased from 642,200 to 672,591. The population from age 3 through 21 decreased from 182,540 to 169,441. The total for All Disabilites from ages 3 through 21 decreased from 13,652 to 13,170. During that time period, Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses increased dramatically from 135 to 590; Specific Learning Disability Diagnoses (SLD) decreased significantly from 5,621 to 4,142; Mental Retardation diagnoses experienced a large decline from 1,246 to 763; Speech/Language Disorder diagnoses decreased from 4,251 to 3,298; Emotional Disturbance diagnoses decreased from 1,037 to 836; Developmental Delay diagnoses increased dramatically from 320 to 1,510; and "Other" diagnoses also had a very large increase from 640 to 1,634.
Source: US Dept. of Education IDEA data (www.ideadata.org) Note: IDEA did not have MR data for 2005 or 2006 for North Dakota. For mapping consistency, the 2004 North Dakota MR data has been carried over for years 2005 and 2006.
The animated map above shows the change in the number of diagnosed ASD and Mental Retardation (MR) cases from 2000 through 2010. The points reflect the increase/decrease in diagnoses statewide, but are not indicative of where in the state they occurred.
Source: US Dept. of Education IDEA data (www.ideadata.org)
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