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Source: Autism Society
- About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder.
- Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births.
- More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability.
- Prevalence has increased by 6-15 percent each year from 2002 to 2010.
- Autism services cost U.S. citizens $236-262 billion annually.
- A majority of costs in the U.S. are in adult services – $175-196 billion, compared to $61-66 billion for children.
- In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion.
- Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
- 1 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom has autism spectrum disorder.
- The U.S. cost of autism over the lifespan is about $2.4 million for a person with an intellectual disability, or $1.4 million for a person without intellectual disability.
- 35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school.
- It costs more than $8,600 extra per year to educate a student with autism. (The average cost of educating a student is about $12,000)
- In June 2014, only 19.3 percent of people with disabilities in the U.S. were participating in the labor force – working or seeking work. Of those, 12.9 percent were unemployed, meaning only 16.8 percent of the population with disabilities was employed. (By contrast, 69.3 percent of people without disabilities were in the labor force, and 65 percent of the population without disabilities was employed.)