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Letter: Keep focus on autism causes

According to the CDC, 1 in 68 kids

According to the CDC, 1 in 68 kids has autism. Credit: iStock

Bravo for putting autism on the front page ["Study finds illness affects 1 in 68 children," News, March 28].

This should be on the front page of every newspaper in the country, because the rate of autism is increasing. In addition, the new diagnostic guidelines will hurt many people who have milder forms of autism spectrum disorders, because they might not receive the services they need.

Yes, the new diagnostic guidelines may also "improve" the count of children with autism, but don't be fooled. Though we have many studies that suggest a variety of autism causes, we don't have a smoking gun.

In the meantime, we need to take care of this entire population that needs support and services, not to simply change classifications and deny help to people who need it.

Bea Huste-Petersen, East Islip

Editor's note: The writer is the founder of EJ Autism Foundation, an education and fundraising organization.