Autism has been said to be the fastest growing special-needs disorder in the world. During the ten year period between 1992 and 2001, the US had an incredible 900% increase in the cases of autism, resulting in a rate of 1/166 children. In 2012, 1 in 88 children in the US were diagnosed as autistic. By 2014, a 30% increase has resulted in a 1/68 diagnostic rate. Specialists in the field suggest that the rate of autism may eventually be one out of every forty children.
Here are some more interesting facts about autism and whom it affects:
- Autism affects all races, ethnic groups, and socioeconomic levels.
- Boys are almost five times more likely to develop autism than girls.
- Autism is found in 1 in 42 boys compared to 1 in 189 girls.
- Autism is the only dramatically rising neurodevelopmental disorder.
- In the US, treatment for an autistic person costs an average of $60,000 every year.
In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that over 700,000 people are living with autism.