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.