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Autism Statistics
Autism statistics place one in every 68 children in the U.S. has autism. It is estimated that approximately one million individuals
in the U.S. has autism. Autism compared to other disabilities is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. today.

The following autism statistics below do not include: PDD, Asperger’s & other spectrum disorders. These statistics are
endorsed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics, and other federal agencies.

Autism Statistics in the U.S.
•        A new case of autism is diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes.
•        There are 24,000 new autism cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
•        The economic impact of autism is more than $90 billion and is expected to more than double in the next decade.
•        Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
•        There is no medical detection or cure for autism.

Autism Statistics by the Numbers in the USA
•        1980: 1 to 2 per 10,000 children
•        1990: 1 in 500
•        2000: 1 in 250
•        2004: 1 in 166
•        2009: 1 in 110

Autism Diagnostic circumstances in USA
Out of 1,300 families surveyed the statistics are the following:
•        The average age of diagnosis of autism was 6 years of age, despite the fact that most parents felt something was wrong
by 18 months of age
•        Less than 10% of children with autism were diagnosed at initial presentation
•        10% were either told to return if their worries persisted, or that their child "would grow out of it"
•        The rest were referred to another professional (at a mean age of 40 months); of which:
•        40% were given a formal diagnosis
•        25% were told "not to worry"
•        25% were referred to a third or fourth professional

The autism statistics above have suggested that autism is just being better diagnosed today versus ten years ago and that many
cases of mental retardation are now being coded as autism. This would also assume that the experts diagnosing autism before
did not know what they were doing.

Autism Statistics Boys vs. Girls

Autism strikes boys more often than girls; it is approximately four times more common in boys. Statistics are 1 in every 110
children will be diagnosed with autism, meaning 1 in every 94 boys will also be diagnosed with autism.

Autism Funding Research

In the late 1990’s The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded $5 million in autism research. Today, NIH total funding is $29
billion. Only $80 million of the total $29 billion NIH funds only $80 million is distributed to autism research. This represents
0.28% of the total NIH funding. Much more funding is significantly needed.

Autism Funding compared to other childhood disorder and diseases

•        Leukemia 1 in 25,000 funding $310 million
•        Muscular Dystrophy 1 in 20,000 funding $175 million
•        Pediatric AIDS 1 in 8,000 funding $394 million
•        Juvenile Diabetes 1 in 500 funding $130 million
•        Autism 1 in 150 funding $42 million

Note: These autism funding amounts reflect approximate annual funds raised by major private advocacy groups. It is important
to emphasize we are not suggesting the importance of any one disease over another. The provided funding information is only
meant to demonstrate the variation of funding for autism.
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