Autism Facts

Below are some startling facts about Autism that you may or may not have known. This is why we fight so hard to find a way to prevent this from getting worse… which it does do, every single year.

  • Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. –
  • The three hallmark features of autism: communication challenges, impaired social interactions, and repetitive behaviour
  • Autism is the fastest growing disability in the United States.
  • Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
  • Approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by autism.
  • The rate of autism is growing at 14% per year around the world. In China it is growing at a rate of 20% a year.
  • 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.
  • The WHO estimates that there are 1,100,000 cases of autism in China; 650,000 in the UK; 500,000 in the Philippines.
  • The cost of autism over the lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person.
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
  • Autism research receives 0.5% of the total National Institutes of Health funds allocation budget.
  • Many children with autism have a reduced sensitivity to pain but may be extra sensitive to sound, touch and hearing.
  • One in 10 extremely premature infants tested positive for autism.
  • Children who are born underweight or premature may have a higher risk for autism.
  • In 2008, several autistic children from different families were linked to a single sperm donor called ‘Donor X.’
  • Autism was added as a special education in 1991 and now is the sixth most common classified disability in the U.S.
  • In families with one autistic child, the risk of having a second child with the disorder is approximately 5%.
  • Babies born to men over 40 yrs old were almost 6 times more likely to have autism than fathers under 30 yrs old.
  • Researchers recommend autistic testing if a baby doesn’t babble or coo by 12 months.
  • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are guaranteed free, appropriate public education under federal laws.

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