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.