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Vol. CLIV, Issue 5
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Numbers in the news

1 in 110

Estimated average number of children who have a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the United States.

24,000

Estimated number of children who will be born with a form of autism out of every four million children born in the United States.

5

Percent higher likelihood that a form of autism will occur in boys than girls across the racial, ethnic and socio-economic spectrum.

200,000

Estimated number of teenagers diagnosed with a form of autism who will reach full adulthood in the next five years, and be forced to grapple with challenges in the workplace and social discrimination.

2/3

Amount by which the cost of lifelong care of autism can be reduced with early diagnosis and intervention.

17

Number of years since the last major revision to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The revision is expected to narrow the criteria for being diagnosed with autism, and limit the availability of health, educational and social services to those falling out of the diagnoses’ range.

Source:   The New York Times, Autism Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EMedTV.

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