Autism AwarenessThe Core Symptoms of Autism Are Social Communication Challenges and Restricted, Repetitive Behaviors

  • About one-third of people with autism are nonverbal, and many people with autism have sensory issues involving over- or under-sensitivities to sounds, lights, touch and other stimuli.

  • The CDC reports that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

  • Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

  • Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups; minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often.

  • There is no medical detection for autism.

  • Research indicates that genetics are involved in the vast majority of cases.

  • Children born to older parents are at a higher risk for having autism.

  • Extensive research makes it clear that childhood vaccines do not cause autism.

  • Nearly two-thirds of children with autism between the ages of 6 and 15 have been bullied.

  • Nearly 28 percent of 8-year-olds with ASD have self-injurious behaviors.

  • Anxiety disorders affect up to 40 percent of youths on the autism spectrum.

  • World Autism Awareness Day is Friday, April 2, and April is Autism Awareness Month in the U.S.

(Source: Autism Speaks)