To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, we’re sharing with you surprising facts about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Spectrum Disorder impacts 1 in 68 kids in the USA. However, many people have no idea about the multi-million dollar cost of Autism Spectrum Disorder, the genetic links of Autism Spectrum Disorder, or why New Jersey is the Autism capital of the USA. You’ll learn all this and more interesting autism facts when you read these 25 Surprising Autism Facts You Need to Know Now.
Has Nothing to Do with Intelligence
While a number of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have a below average IQ, almost half (44%) have average or above average IQ’s.
Unemployment is a Major Hurdle
Despite many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder having normal or above average IQ’s, many struggle to find a job.
It's in Your Genes
We can’t yet pinpoint what genes create Autism Spectrum Disorder, but science has shown that there are strong genetic links to Autism.
Much More Common in Boys
Boys are almost five times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder than girls. While they don’t know exactly why, scientists believe that girls may show symptoms differently than boys, making them less likely to be diagnosed.
New Jersey Has Highest Autism Rate in USA
For reasons still unknown, New Jersey has the highest rate of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses in the USA. It could mean something is seriously wrong in New Jersey, or it could mean that New Jersey has gotten good at diagnosing this tricky disorder.