April is Autism Awareness Month
1 percent of the world population is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder
Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births
1 in 42 boys are diagnosed with autism
1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism
100 individuals are diagnosed everyday
More than 3.3 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability
Autism services cost the United States citizens 236-262 billion annually
Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on an average
Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
Autism generally appears before the age of 3
40% of children with autism do not speak
25-30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months, and then lose them.
Almost half (44%) of children with autism have average to above average intellectual ability.
Autism is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
The UK estimate is 1 in 100 are diagnosed with autism
30-50% of individuals with autism also have seizures.
Autism Spectrum Disorders refers to a group of complex neurodevelopment disorders which includes repetitive patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication, interaction, sensory processing and motor issues.
Eugene Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist first termed autism to adult schizophrenia.
In 1943, Leo Kanner dissociated autism from schizophrenia.
Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.
Accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.s. deaths reported in children with autism due to wandering.