Autism diagnosis more common in the US as racial gap closes

U.S. officials say autism has grown slightly more common, but a gap in diagnosis of white and black kids has disappeared. (WSYR/CNN)
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NEW YORK (AP) U.S. officials say autism has grown slightly more common, but a gap in diagnosis of white and black kids has disappeared.

Experts say closure of that gap and better screening overall are the main reasons autism diagnoses are up a little.

The report came out Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It found that about 1 in 54 U.S. children were identified as having autism in 2016.

That's up from 1 in 59 children in 2014.

Still, one outside researcher says it's not clear that minority kids are getting the same access to services and treatment as white children.