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3.5 Million Individuals in America on the Autism Spectrum

By Jonathan Slack, Market Research & Development Specialist3.5 million on spectrum 4.13.15

There are more than 3.5 million individuals on the autism spectrum in America, with the prevalence rate rapidly increasing over the years from 1 in 150 in 2000 to 1 in 68 individuals in 2010. In spite of the rapid rise in autism diagnoses, autism funding has barely been increasing over the years.

In fact:

  • The National Institute of Health, an agency in the department of Health and Human Services department, has a $30.68 billion research budget. BUT…
  • Despite the fact that autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S, autism research receives less than 1% of the NIH’s research budget.

What can you do to increase autism funding? Call your Congressmen and Senator and tell them to increase the funding autism research receives. Researchers still have a lot to learn about autism and every additional study helps further our knowledge and awareness.


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