• Tom Kass

Eight Little known facts about Autism

Updated: Aug 13, 2018

8 useful datapoints from our friends at Autism Speaks and the CDC about autism


Did you know ...

  • Autism now affects 1 in 59 children and 1 in 37 boys

  • Autism prevalence figures are growing

  • Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.

  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average

  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

The timing and severity of autism’s first symptoms can vary widely. Some children with autism show hints of future problems within the first few months of life. In others, symptoms may not become obvious until 24 months or later.

Some children with autism appear to develop normally until around 18 to 24 months of age and then stop gaining new skills and/or start losing skills.


National Institutes of Health Funds Allocation

  • Total 2012 NIH budget: $30.86 billion

  • Of this, only $169 million goes directly to autism research. This represents 0.55% of total NIH funding.

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