Autism is a significant problem for Utah, which has the nation's highest rate of autism. This problem cannot be ignored.
In 2010, Utah experienced 52,164 new births. Using The Tribune's reported figure of 1 in 47 Utah children being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, that's 1,109 new children every year about two elementary schools.
Utah has a significant problem. If a child is diagnosed and treatment starts prior to 3 years of age, autism is treatable.
While there are pilot programs, what's been done to date is simply a Band-Aid. If these Utah children are to be productive citizens, a comprehensive, long-term treatment program is necessary.
John K. Hill