Facts & Myths

 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Facts: 

  • ASD affects 1 in 68 children

  • Boys are four to five times more likely than girls to have ASD - 1 in 42 boys

  • ASD is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S.

  • There is no medical detection or cure for ASD

  • There is no known cause for ASD

  • No two individuals with ASD are alike

  • ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups

  • Most insurances do not cover the cost of needed therapy

  • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%–18% chance of having a second child who is also affected

  • Almost half (46%) of children identified with ASD has average to above-average intellectual ability

  • It is estimated to cost at least $17,000 more per year to care for a child with ASD compared to a child without ASD

  • Autism costs the nation $35,000,000,000 a year and is expected to double in the next decade

  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding 

Myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): 

  • Individuals with ASD never make eye contact; they do not look at you

  • Progress means a person doesn’t have ASD

  • Individuals with ASD don’t speak

  • ASD can be outgrown

  • Individuals with ASD cannot learn

  • Individuals with ASD cannot show affection and do not respond to physical affection

  • Individuals with ASD do not want friends

  • Individuals with ASD do not relate to peers/adults

  • Individuals with ASD could talk if they wanted to

  • Individuals with ASD can’t feel or express any emotion, happy or sad

  • Individuals with ASD don’t notice others and don’t pick up cues from adults

  • When a person with ASD does not respond to a question/direction to which he has shown a previous correct response, he is being stubborn

  • People with ASD can’t understand the emotions of others

  • ASD is caused by bad parenting

  • Therapies for people with ASD are covered by insurance

  • Individuals with ASD are all alike