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Epidemiological study of pervasive developmental disorders in Mexico  

Surveys of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are important to estimate the proportion of children in a population who are suffering from this serious developmental handicap. The result of the surveys can help health and educational authorities to improve access to early detection diagnosis and intervention and generally to improve awareness about these conditions in various countries. Surveys of ASDs are now conducted in many countries worldwide and they have shown that at least one child in 150 suffers from one of these disorders. There has been thus far no survey of autism in Mexico and awareness and services in Mexico need to be improved. We are planning to conduct a full population survey of ASDs in the State of Guanajuato. This proposal is to develop a pilot study which will help to develop the Mexican version of instruments, to test data collection procedures in schools and within the health system, and to sensitize the population to the need to obtain an accurate picture of autism in Mexico. It is anticipated that at the end of this pilot study, the team - consisting of an expert clinical team from Mexico alongside an epidemiological research team of a Canadian university . will conduct the first population survey of ASDs in Mexico. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $60,000.00
Current Award Period 2010-2012
Project Number 6426
Principal Investigator Fombonne, Eric
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 7: What Other Infrastructure and Surveillance Needs Must Be Met? (Infrastructure)
Subcategory Surveillance and Prevalence Studies
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 7J. Develop the personnel and technical infrastructure to assist states, territories, and other countries who request assistance describing and investigating potential changes in the prevalence of ASD and other developmental disabilities by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $1,650,000 over 3 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution McGill University
State/Country Canada
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