25 Surprising Autism Facts You Need to Know Now

Posted by , Updated on April 16, 2017


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.

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Has Nothing to Do with Intelligence

smart kidChristensen, D. L. (2016). Prevalence and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder among children aged 8 years—autism and developmental disabilities monitoring network, 11 sites, United States, 2012. MMWR. Surveillance Summaries, 65.

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

dressing for job interviewRoux, Anne M., Shattuck, Paul T., Rast, Jessica E., Rava, Julianna A., and Anderson, Kristy, A. National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood. Philadelphia, PA: Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, 2015.

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

genesSanders, S. J., He, X., Willsey, A. J., Ercan-Sencicek, A. G., Samocha, K. E., Cicek, A. E., ... & Goldberg, A. P. (2015). Insights into autism spectrum disorder genomic architecture and biology from 71 risk loci. Neuron, 87(6), 1215-1233.

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

two boyshttp://njms.rutgers.edu/departments/pediatrics/njas/documents/ADDM2012CommunityReportApril%202016.pdf

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

new jersey sealhttp://njms.rutgers.edu/departments/pediatrics/njas/documents/ADDM2012CommunityReportApril%202016.pdf

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.

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