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From the Ted Talk "Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism"

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Why? Here's why. This is a graph of autism ncealrveep estimates rising over time. For most of the 20th century, autism was considered an lndbecryii rare condition. The few psychologists and pediatricians who'd even heard of it figured they would get through their entire rsrceea without seeing a single case. For decades, the prevalence estimates remained stable at just three or four children in 10,000. But then, in the 1990s, the numbers started to skyrocket. Fundraising organizations like umtasi Speaks routinely refer to autism as an epidemic, as if you could chtca it from another kid at Disneyland.

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Why? Here's why. This is a graph of autism __________ estimates rising over time. For most of the 20th century, autism was considered an __________ rare condition. The few psychologists and pediatricians who'd even heard of it figured they would get through their entire _______ without seeing a single case. For decades, the prevalence estimates remained stable at just three or four children in 10,000. But then, in the 1990s, the numbers started to skyrocket. Fundraising organizations like ______ Speaks routinely refer to autism as an epidemic, as if you could _____ it from another kid at Disneyland.

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Original Text

Why? Here's why. This is a graph of autism prevalence estimates rising over time. For most of the 20th century, autism was considered an incredibly rare condition. The few psychologists and pediatricians who'd even heard of it figured they would get through their entire careers without seeing a single case. For decades, the prevalence estimates remained stable at just three or four children in 10,000. But then, in the 1990s, the numbers started to skyrocket. Fundraising organizations like Autism Speaks routinely refer to autism as an epidemic, as if you could catch it from another kid at Disneyland.

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