Autism Facts and Figures
- The CDC determined that approximately 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
- 1 in 34 boys
- 1 in 144 girls
- Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
- Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
- Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
- There is no medical detection for autism.
- Research indicates that genetics are involved in the vast majority of cases.
- Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism.
Autism in Adulthood
- Over the next decade, an estimated 500,000 teens (50,000 each year) will enter adulthood and age out of school-based autism services.
- Research demonstrates that job activities that encourage independence reduce autism symptoms and increase daily living skills.
- The cost of caring for Americans with autism had reach $268 billion in 2015 and would rise to $461 billion by 2025 in the absence of more effective interventions and support across the life span.
- The majority of autism’s costs in the U.S. are for adult services – an estimated $175 to $196 billion a year, compared to $61 to $66 billion a year for children.