What is autism?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.
There is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.
How many people are impacted?
•1 in 45 children in the United States currently have an autism diagnosis (CDC)
What is the impact of autism?
•Lifetime cost for an individual with autism is $2.3M
•Certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism, including gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias.