Statistics

  • In 1970, 1 in 10,000 children born were diagnosed with autism. Today, 1 in 68 children born will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 
  • With an estimated rise of 10-17% annually, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States.
  • Boys are 4 to 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls; 1 in 54 boys will be diagnosed with autism. 
  • There are currently 1.5 million Americans with autism. 
  • In the U.S., 24,000 new cases of autism are diagnosed each year; a child is diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes. 
  • More children will be diagnosed this year with ASD than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
  • Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade.  The economic impact for caring for one individual with autism over his or her lifetime is $3.2 million. 

Due to the nature of the work we do, Judson Center upholds the privacy of the children, adults and families we serve. Therefore, photos and names may be changed to protect identity.