In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. (1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls)
Over the next decade, an estimated 500,000 teens (50,000 each year) will enter adulthood and age out of school based autism services
More than half of young adults with autism remain unemployed and unenrolled in higher education in the two years after high school. This is a lower rate than that of young adults in other disability categories, including learning disabilities, intellectual disability or speech-language impairment.
Of the nearly 18,000 people with autism who used state-funded vocational rehabilitation programs in 2014, only 60 percent left the program with a job. Of these, 80 percent worked part-time at a median weekly rate of $160, putting them well below the poverty level.
Nearly half of 25-year-olds with autism have never held a paying job.
According to research, jobs that encourage independence reduce autism symptoms and increase daily living skills.
The cost of caring for autism reached $268 billion in 2015 and would rise to $461 billion by 2025 in the absence of more-effective interventions and support across the life span.
The majority of autism’s costs in the U.S. are for adult services – an estimated $175 to $196 billion a year, compared to $61 to $66 billion a year for children.