Monarch Center for Autism Cleveland Ohio

Did You Know...

  • attentionToday in America, 1 in 91 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls (1 in 58 boys is diagnosed)
  • 67 children are diagnosed per day
  • A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs the U.S. over $90 billion per year, and this is expected to double in the next decade
  • There is no medical cure for autism
  • An accurate diagnosis can usually be made before age three
  • Approximately 20% of autistic children exhibit normal development, followed by regression
  • Approximately 5% of children with autistic siblings develop autistic disorders themselves
  • Autism rates have escalated 782% in the last 12 years; a rate faster than any other disability or disease, including cancer.
  • Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and other governmental agencies, autism is growing at a rate of 10-17 percent per year.
  • The Autism Society of America (ASA) estimates the prevalence of autism could reach 4 million Americans in the next decade.

Incidence vs. Private Funding

Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases

  • Leukemia: Affects 1 in 25,000 / Funding: $310 million
  • Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 20,000 / Funding: $175 million
  • Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 8,000 / Funding: $394 million
  • Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $130 million
  • Autism: Affects 1 in 150 / Funding: $15 million

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