• Autism currently affects 1 in 50 children.
  • The incidence of autism is quickly growing
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the country
  • Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, but this figure will significantly increase in the next decade
  • Autism receives less than 5% of  research funding of many other childhood diseases

Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million

Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million

Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million

Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million

Autism: Affects 1 in 110 / Funding: $79 million
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical test or cure for autism, but intense treatment can be tremendously effective