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.