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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Lifelong Care is Expensive

old woman in wheelchairBuescher, A. V., Cidav, Z., Knapp, M., & Mandell, D. S. (2014). Costs of autism spectrum disorders in the United Kingdom and the United States. JAMA pediatrics, 168(8), 721-728.

Probably some of the most surprising autism statistics are the costs for caring for a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over a lifetime, it can range from $1.4 million to $2.2 million.


Care Can Be Much Cheaper!

cashAutism. 2007 Sep;11(5):453-63; The economic consequences of autistic spectrum disorder among children in a Swedish municipality.

While lifelong care for a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder can be expensive, one study suggests that these costs can be more than cut in half with early diagnosis and treatment.


Differences Start Young

six month old babyBryson, S. E., Zwaigenbaum, L., McDermott, C., Rombough, V., & Brian, J. (2008). The Autism Observation Scale for Infants: scale development and reliability data. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 38(4), 731-738.

While most children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are not diagnosed until they are preschool aged, differences can be seen in children with and without Autism as early at six months old. For example, babies with Autism Spectrum Disorder do not react to faces the way that babies without Autism Spectrum Disorder do.


More Likely to Die

cherub tombstoneGillberg, C., Billstedt, E., Sundh, V., & Gillberg, I. C. (2010). Mortality in autism: a prospective longitudinal community-based study. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 40(3), 352-357.

Compared to others their age, people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are 2-5 times more likely to die. This is mostly because of other health conditions more common in Autism (like seizures) and accidents.


Can Live Happily Ever After

happily ever afterhttps://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2015/12/14/10-inspiring-stories-people-autism-2015

Despite what many people used to believe, people with Autism Spectrum Disorder can and do live happy lives with the support of their families and community.

We hope you enjoyed learning these surprising secrets about Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you want to learn more or want to donate to Autism research, check out Autism Speaks.

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