Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys nationwide, according to the CDC. Autism affects 1 in 41 children in New Jersey. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined.
Last year marked 10 years of progress since Autism Speaks first opened its doors in 2005. In 2016, we continue to strive to enhance autism services in every community and get the groundbreaking ABLE Act, now the law of the land, implemented in all 50 states. Our dedicated field teams will be the ones heading this effort.
Thanks to the passion and generosity of our community, Autism Speaks has helped advance our understanding and treatment of autism in ways almost unimaginable a decade ago. Here’s what we know now, thanks to your support.