Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), previously known as just “autism,” is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment or disability that children and adults with ASD can have. Some individuals are mildly impaired by their symptoms, while others are severely disabled. ASD is believed to be the result of a neurological disorder affecting the functioning of the brain. Although autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development, the most obvious signs and symptoms tend to emerge during the first two years of life.
- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
- New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the U.S. with 1 in 45 children and 1 in 28 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing (120% higher than previous estimates)
- More children will be diagnosed with ASD this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism receives only 0.5% of total NIH research funding
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- Currently, there is no medical detection or cure for autism
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