Autism diagnoses are on the rise. The reasons are elusive, but understanding the disorder doesn’t have to be


The Mystery Among Us


Autism in LAIf you live in Los Angeles and autism hasn’t yet made an impact on your life, it will. There is a 1 in 110 chance that a child born today will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder—make that 1 in 70 if that child is a boy. A child born in L.A. County is more likely to be diagnosed with an ASD than anywhere else in California; recent studies have pegged the local diagnosis rate at two to four times the state average. In 2000, there were about 2,800 autistic students in the Los Angeles Unified School District; last year there were more than 9,400… Continue