Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3
Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills,
and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication,
social interactions, and leisure or play activities
Individuals with autism often suffer from numerous co-morbid medical conditions which may include: allergies,
asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction,
sleeping disorders, and more
Autism is diagnosed four times more often in boys than girls. Its prevalence is not affected by race, region,
or socio-economic status. Since autism was first diagnosed in the U.S. the incidence has climbed to an alarming one
in 68 children in the U.S.
Autism itself does not affect life expectancy, however research has shown that the mortality risk among
individuals with autism is twice as high as the general population, in large part due to drowning and other accidents.
Currently there is no cure for autism, though with early intervention and treatment, the diverse symptoms
related to autism can be greatly improved and in some cases completely overcome.
Autism Facts & Stats
Autism now affects 1 in 68 children
Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls
About 40% of children with autism do not speak. About 25%–30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood
Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)
The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last twenty years