Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 44, Issue 12, pp 3271–3273 | Cite as

Brief Report: Trends in U.S. National Autism Awareness from 2004 to 2014: The Impact of National Autism Awareness Month

  • Elizabeth A. DeVilbiss
  • Brian K. LeeEmail author
Brief Report


We sought to evaluate the potential for using historical web search data on autism spectrum disorders (ASD)-related topics as an indicator of ASD awareness. Analysis of Google Trend data suggested that National Autism Awareness Month and televised reports concerning autism are an effective method of promoting online search interest in autism.


Autism awareness Web 2.0 Google trends 


Conflict of interest

All authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsDrexel University School of Public HealthPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.A.J. Drexel Autism InstitutePhiladelphiaUSA

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