Learning about autism
The alarming rise of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) requires urgent attention from educators, medical professionals, and policy makers. Once considered a "low-incidence" disability, the occurrence of ASD increased to 1 in 88 individuals in 2012. It is four times more prevalent in boys (Autism Society of America, 2006). ASD knows no racial, ethnic, social, economic, lifestyle, or educational boundaries.
Autism Facts (from Autism Society of Ohio)
- 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.
- Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 88 births, 1 in 54 boys. By way of comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome, combined.
- 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate.
- Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
- The cost of autism over the lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person.
- Only 21% of adults with disabilities (including autism) age 18 to 64 were employed in 2010. The corresponding figure for the general population was 59%.