- 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism
- 67 children are diagnosed per day
- A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes
- More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
There is no known reason for autism and no cure at this time. There are some medications and therapy options but they can be quite expensive and most insurances do not offer coverage.
Parents of autistic children can get quite discouraged knowing there are some treatment programs and medication that could help their child cope a bit better but it is out of their financial reach.
Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention can lead to significantly improved outcomes. With the right services and supports, people with autism can live full, healthy and meaningful lives. (source)
Scientists at top universities are conducting gene research to find answers to this puzzling disorder. Researchers are looking into early diagnosis and early intervention as well as environmental triggers of autism.
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