Facts About Autism

Did You Know…

  • A new study indicates autism now affects 1 in 91 children
    and 1 in 58 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Incidence vs. Private Funding

Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200
Funding: $277 million

Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000
Funding: $162 million

Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300
Funding: $394 million

Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500
Funding: $156 million

Autism: Affects 1 in 150
Funding: $79 million

Source: www.autismspeaks.com