The CDC currently estimates 1 in 68 children are now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
- In the last decade, this is a 78% increase, with an increase of 23% in the past two years alone.
- The true reason for the increased rate is unknown. Some believe it is better diagnosis others that environmental factors are more prevalent.
- The rate of autism among boys in currently 1 in 42 while girl are diagnosed as 1 in 189 making boys 5 times more likely to have autism.
- African American and Hispanic children had the largest increases in diagnosis with 91% and 110& respectively.
- Early identification is becoming more common, but the average age of diagnosis is still hovering around age 4.
Autism has become one of the most common childhood disorders over the past two decades, yet has the least amount of funding dedicated to it.
- Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
- Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
- Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million
- Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million
- Autism: Affects 1 in 88 / Funding: $79 million
- According to a recent study by Autism Speaks, the cost of raising a child with autism throughout their life is estimated at $1.4 million. That number rises to $2.3 million when the child’s IQ is below 70.