April is Autism Awareness Month, so we here at SANY would like to take the opportunity to share some facts about autism and its growing prevalence in the US.
The latest figures indicate that autism currently affects 1 in 110 children, The speed with which these numbers have increased over the past years make autism the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States, and it continues to gain momentum. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. However, despite this alarming prevalence, autism receives little research funding in comparison to other childhood diseases. For example, the following table displays current amounts of private funding of leukemia and muscular dystrophy in comparison to autism:
|Leukemia||1 in 2000 children||$277 million|
|Muscular Dystrophy||1 in 100,000 children||$162 million|
|Autism||1 in 110 children||$79 million|
(Above information from http://www.autismspeaks.org/whatisit/facts.php)
There is no medical detection or cure for autism to date. and it costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a number which is currently on the rise.
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