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These facts and statistics are directly derived from the Autism Society of America’s web page.

        • Autism affects 1 in 150 births(1)
        • 1 to 1.5 million Americans(2)
        • Fastest-growing developmental disability
        • 10 - 17 % annual growth
        • Growth comparison during the 1990s(3):
          - U.S. population increase: 13%
          - Disabilities increase: 16%
          - Autism increase: 172%
        • $90 billion annual cost(4)
        • 90% of costs are in adult services(4)
        • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention(4)
        • In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion(5)

    Autism incidence rates in the U.S.

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1. Based on prevalence statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007).
2. Based on the autism prevalence rate of 2 to 6 per 1,000 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001) and 2000 U.S. Census figure of 280 million Americans.
3. U.S. Department of Education's "Twenty-First Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" (1999).
4. Jarbrink K, Knapp M, 2001, London School of Economics study: "The economic impact on autism in Britain," 5 (1): 7-22.
5. ASA calculates that the annual cost of autism will increase to $200-400 billion in 10 years. February 2003


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