Autism Politico is aware that there is an autism advocacy group out there who wants the United Nations to declare autistics a minority group. The movement started a long time ago when 1 in 166 people had some form of autism.
Over the years, the figure has changed as more and more people become diagnosed.
In South Korea, it is now believed that 1 in 38 kids have some form of autism.
A study in South Korea suggests about 1 in 38 children have traits of autism, higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 100.
Of course part of this study was based on a parental survey, and we all know that parents are the least objective when evaluating their own children. However, assuming the results are true…
Autism advocates and autism advocacy organizations should be campaigning to have the following groups granted minority status:
Sickle-cell anemia because it affects 1 in every 500 African-American births and 1 in every 1000 to 1400 Hispanic-American births.
Cystic Fibrosis because it affects 1 in 2000-3000 new borns.
Fragile X syndrome because it affects 1 in 3600 males and 1 in 4000 to 6000 females with full mutation worldwide.
Huntington’s disease because in Western countries, it’s estimated that about five to seven people per 100,000 are affected by HD.
All these diseases, like autism, are genetic in origin. All are more rare.
Of course the other thing autism advocates and autism advocacy organizations can do is shut their mouths to keep themselves and the autism community from looking stupid. But it doesn’t look like that is going to happen anytime soon.
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