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The Autism Society lists the following facts and statistics regarding autism:

  • Nearly one percent of American children (ages 3-17) are living with ASD.

  • On average, one in every 110 babies is born with autism in the U.S.

  • Nearly 1.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, with a 1,148% growth rate

  • There is an average $60 billion annual cost for treating autism in the US. 60% of these costs are in adult services.

  • Early diagnosis and intervention can reduce the cost of lifelong autism care by 2/3.

  • In 10 years, the annual cost of ASD care is estimated to be $200-400 billion.

  • The cost of autism over the lifespan of a person is estimated to be $3.2 million.


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