- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys (Autism Speaks, 2014)

- Rates of autism in 2014 are roughly 30% higher than reported in 2012. (CDC, 2014)

- 1 in 42 boys vs. 1 in 189 girls. (CDC, 2014)

- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism (Autism Speaks, 2014)

- About 1% of the world population has ASD (CDC, 2014)

- More than 3.5 million Americans live with ASD (CDC, 2014)

- 35% of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school. (Shattuck et al., 2012)

- In June 2014, only 19.3% of people with disabilities in the U.S. were participating in the labor force – working or seeking work. Of those, 12.9% were unemployed, meaning only 16.8% of the population with disabilities was employed. (By contrast, 69.3% of people without disabilities were in the labor force, and 65% of the population without disabilities was employed. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014)

 

 



-North Carolina does not have a surveillance study that aggregates all individuals who have a diagnosis of ASD. Our state is part of the ongoing CDC monitoring project and within that study there is an 11 county sample that they review closely for prevalence, etc. That group of counties feeds into the large 11 state sample that provides prevalence data that is reported every two years. (Autism Society of North Carolina)

-The latest CDC prevalence for North Carolina is 1 of every 58 children (8 years of age in 2012 across the 11 county sample area). (Autism Society of North Carolina)

-Estimated there are 65,000 people with ASD living in North Carolina. (Autism Society of North Carolina)

 

 

Costs

-Autism Costs a family $60,000 a year on average (Autism Speaks, 2014)

-Total 2012 National Institutes of Health Funds (NIH) budget: $30.86 billion. (Autism Speaks, 2014)

-only $169 million goes directly to autism research. So, 0.55% of total NIH funding. (Autism Speaks, 2014)