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Facts and Figures about Autism

What we know about one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders:


  • Each individual experiences the diagnosis differently.
  • There is no medical cure for autism.
  • Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability.
  • More kids will be diagnosed this year than pediatric AIDS, diabetes and cancer┬ácombined.
  • Figures
  • 1 in every 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder (1 in 54 in boys). New estimates suggest that 1 in 50 kids have an autism spectrum disorder now.
  • Autism is 4 times more prevalent in boys than girls.
  • 1 to 1.5 million people in the United States live with autism.
  • Families spend an average of $60,000 each year on autism treatment and therapies.
  • Average cost of autism over the lifespan is $3.2 million dollars.
  • The National Institute of Health set a funding budget of $30.86 billion dollars in 2012. Autism research received $169 million of this, which totals one-half of a percent (0.55%) of funding.

The Autism Research Foundation