Autism Maps -- Vermont
Between 2000 and 2010 Vermont 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, though in Vermont the SLD decline was relatively small. However, the decline in Mental Retardation (MR) diagnoses in Vermont was significant -- between 2000 and 2010 MR diagnoses in Vermont declined by 37%, from 1,301 to 823. Among other diagnoses that sometimes overlap with Autism -- Speech/Language Disorder and Emotional Disturbance diagnoses decreased; Developmental Delay and "Other" diagnoses increased.
From 2000 to 2010 the Vermont population increased from 608,827 to 625,741. The population from age 3 through 21 decreased from 163,998 to 151,663. The total for All Disabilites from ages 3 through 21 increased slightly from 13,623 to 13,936. During that time period, Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses increased dramatically from 218 to 852; Specific Learning Disability Diagnoses (SLD) decreased from 4,660 to 4,048; Mental Retardation diagnoses experienced a significant decline from 1,301 to 823; Speech/Language Disorder diagnoses decreased from 2,185 to 1,437; Emotional Disturbance diagnoses decreased from 2,160 to 1,871; Developmental Delay diagnoses increased substantially from 1,463 to 2,458; and "Other" diagnoses increased from 1,233 to 2,030.
Source: US Dept. of Education IDEA data (www.ideadata.org) Note: IDEA did not have MR data for 2005, 2006, 2007, or 2008 for Vermont. For mapping consistency, the 2004 Vermont MR data has been carried over for years 2005 through 2008. Also, there was no IDEA data for ASD diagnoses for 2007 and 2008 -- the 2006 Vermont ASD data was carried over for 2007 and 2008.
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)
Click on Vermont or any state in the map below to see Autism and other Disability statistics from 2000 thru 2010 for that state.
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