What Is Autism?
Overview of Condition
Common myths and misconceptions
*How is Autism treated?
*What treatments are available?
*Resources for treatment
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For the website (images & stats)
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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Autism Society of America:
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