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Autism Spectrum Disorder

April is Autism Awareness Month!

The CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network released new data on autism prevalence. Through this network, you can see a snapshot of ASD among 8-year-old Children in Multiple Communities across the US in 2016. This research informs us that the prevalence is much higher than previously thought.

  • 1 in 54 children have autism
  • 1 in 37 boys
  • 1 in 151 girls
  • 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability
  • Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups
  • Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often
  • Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan
  • Affects the whole body
  • ADHD affects 30 to 61 percent of children with autism
  • More than half of children with autism have one or more chronic sleep problems
  • Anxiety disorders affect an estimated 11 to 40 percent of children and teens on the autism spectrum
  • Depression affects an estimated 7% of children and 26% of adults with autism
  • Eight times more likely to suffer from one or more chronic gastrointestinal disorders
  • One-third of people with autism have epilepsy
  • Schizophrenia affects between 4 and 35 percent of adults with autism
  • 32 percent of 2 to 5 year olds with autism are overweight and 16 percent are obese

Be an influencer of kindness by leading by example and spreading positivity to everyone. A poll on Autism Speaks social media pages showed that 90 percent of people on the spectrum and their loved ones said they experienced bullying or negativity.

Kindness is understanding that not everyone experiences the world the same way you do.

Take the #KindnessCounts challenge and help create a more understanding and accepting world for people with autism. The goal of the #KindnessCounts challenge is to make our online and offline worlds kinder and more inclusive and to increase acceptance of autistic people and their families. Any acts of kindness, big or small, can make an impact in the lives of others.

To learn more about ASD, check out the GNBS April Awareness educational presentation.



Page last revised on 04/08/2020