There are more misconceptions surrounding autism, which often obscure accurate, scientific information about the disorder.


  • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Over 1.5 million individuals in the United States have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
  • The diagnosis rate for autism is rising 10-17% each year.
  • Males are 4 times more likely than females to be diagnosed with autism.
  • The symptoms and characteristics of autism can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations, from mild to severe.


  • Most individuals with autism live in institutions.
  • Children with autism rarely attend college.