Prevalence of Autism

Autism is the most common of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders, affecting an estimated 1 in 36 children and 1 in 54 adults (Centers for Disease Control, 2020). This means as many as 5.4 million Americans today are believed to have some form of autism.

Autism knows no racial, ethnic, social boundaries, family income, lifestyle, or educational levels and can affect any family and any child. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.

Autism Statistics:

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that autism is now diagnosed in 1 in 36 children according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.
  • Over 300 children and their families have attended programs at ABC of NC where we use a variety of educational and behavioral techniques.
  • ABC of NC’s education programs require a high level of one-on-one teaching and continuous, data-based assessment by highly trained personnel.  The U.S. Surgeon General supports the teaching methods used at ABC of NC as the most effective for children with ASD.
  • There are hundreds of children in the Piedmont Triad seeking services from ABC of NC who do not have public funding or can’t afford the fees. The ABC of NC Financial Aid program provides direct assistance to these families.
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