Monday, April 16, 2007

Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Week.

  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the US.
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.
  • 1 in 152 children is diagnosed with autism.
  • 67 children are diagnosed per day.
  • A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes.
  • 1 in 104 boys is on the autism spectrum.
  • Autism costs the nation over $90 billion per year, a figure expected to double in the next decade.
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism.



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