Knowing the numbers:
- Autism was first identified in 1943.
- It is the fastest growing developmental disability3
- 1 in 88 children will be born with autism (CDC 3/12)
- 46,939 children born per year will have autism2
- Every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed with Autism.
- Every 11 minutes a child is born who will soon be diagnosed with some form of autism1
- Autism is the 2nd most common developmental disability.
- 20 to 30 percent of children with autism develop epilepsy7
- Boys are approximately 5 times more likely to have autism than girls
- Life expectancy is normal, although this is debatable due to dangerous and self-injurious behaviors in many autistic
- The current annual cost of autism is $90 billion.
- Caring for a child with autism for one year is over $40,000.
- 90% of the costs associated with autism are due to adult services5
- Early diagnosis and intervention can reduce the lifelong costs by as much as 2/3
- A known cause or cure for autism does not exist
Autism is an epidemic. More children are diagnosed with autism than cystic fibrosis, childhood cancer & muscular dystrophy combined; NOW is the time to support families in giving a future back to their children.
The amount of vaccines has increased…
49 vaccines by 6 months
69 vaccines by 18 months
77 vaccines by 4-6 years
- Studies have shown that among identical twins, if one child has an ASD, then the other will be affected about 36-95% of the time. In non-identical twins, if one child has an ASD, then the other is affected about 0-31% of the time. [1-4]
- Parents who have a child with an ASD have a 2%–18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.[5,6]
- ASDs tend to occur more often in people who have certain genetic or chromosomal conditions. About 10% of children with autism are also identified as having Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, and other genetic and chromosomal disorders.[7-10]
- The majority (62%) of children the ADDM Network identified as having ASDs did not have intellectual disability (intelligence quotient <=70)
- Children born to older parents are at a higher risk for ASDs. [Read summary]
- A small percentage of children who are born prematurely or with low birth weight are at greater risk for having ASDs. [Read summary]
- ASD commonly co-occurs with other developmental, psychiatric, neurologic, chromosomal, and genetic diagnoses. The co-occurrence of one or more non-ASD developmental diagnoses is 83%. The co-occurrence of one or more psychiatric diagnoses is 10%.