Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) incorporates a group of neurodevelopmental disorders, causing impaired communication skills and social skills. ASDs generally start before three years of age and last a lifetime, but early intervention plays a role in treatment and progress.
- Boys are five times more likely than girls to have ASDs.
- Autism doesn’t discriminate among races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups.
- One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, a 30% increase from 1 in 88 in 2012, according to a 2014 report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Medical costs for children with an ASD are six times higher than medical costs for children without an ASD. Caring for a child with autism ranges from an estimated $3.5 million to $5 million over a lifetime, according to the Autism Society.
To learn more about autism please visit Autism Speaks.