Libby Hallas-Muchow, M.S.
Libby is an Education Specialist 2 at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI). She completed a BA in English, and an MS in Security Technologies at the University of Minnesota. In her role at the ICI, she manages the CDC-funded Minnesota-Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring (ADDM) Network project, which identifies the prevalence of autism for children in Minnesota, as well as contributes to national ASD prevalence estimates. She finds contributing to national datasets that improve the lives of people with disabilities fulfilling.
Prevalence is a scientific term that describes the number of people with a disease or condition among a defined group at a specific period in time. Prevalence is usually expressed as a percentage or proportion of the defined group. For this project, we counted the number of 8-year-olds in 2014 who were identified with ASD and then divided that number by the total number of 8-year-olds in our surveillance area during 2014.