Autism Epidemic?

A surprising headline on NBC Tonight with Brian Williams is about the significantly increasing cases of Autism in the United States.
A latest autism study indicates one in every 88 girls and one in every 54 boys have autism. This poses an alert considering that autism has a very close affinity with mental retardation. Although it is hard to generalize that every child with autism has intellectual disability because of a number of successful personalities who suffer from ASD, it bothers me to think about the future generation of America.

On one hand, it will spark interest among special educators because the demand for autism-trained teachers will increase. It will also trigger pharmaceutical companies to produce more autism-friendly medications.

Public schools that are within the governance of a tough Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will be more cognizant in preparing classroom structures, curricular programs, and instructional methodologies that are soothing to the critical eyes of parents and the community.

It's hard to believe that a negative scenario will make this world better. Whew!