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Facts and Statistics about Autism
Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects an individual in the areas of social interaction and communication. Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects each individual differently and to varying degrees of severity. As many as 3.5 million Americans - children and adults - are thought to have autism today.

  • About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. (CDC, 2014)
  • Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births. (CDC, 2014)
  • More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. (Buescher et al., 2014)
  • Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). (CDC, 2014) Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. (CDC, 2008)
  • Prevalence has increased by 6-15 percent each year from 2002 to 2010. (Based on biennial numbers from the CDC)
  • Autism services cost U.S. citizens $236-262 billion annually. (Buescher et al., 2014)
  • A majority of costs in the U.S. are in adult services – $175-196 billion, compared to $61-66 billion for children. (Buescher et al., 2014)
  • In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion. (Autism Society estimate)
  • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention. (Autism Society estimate based on Government Accounting Office Report on Autism, 2007)
  • 1 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom has autism spectrum disorder. (Brugha T.S. et al., 2011)
  • The U.S. cost of autism over the lifespan is about $2.4 million for a person with an intellectual disability, or $1.4 million for a person without intellectual disability. (Buescher et al., 2014)
  • 35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school. (Shattuck et al., 2012)
  • It costs more than $8,600 extra per year to educate a student with autism. (Lavelle et al., 2014) (The average cost of educating a student is about $12,000 – NCES, 2014)
  • In June 2014, only 19.3 percent of people with disabilities in the U.S. were participating in the labor force – working or seeking work. Of those, 12.9 percent were unemployed, meaning only 16.8 percent of the population with disabilities was employed. (By contrast, 69.3 percent of people without disabilities were in the labor force, and 65 percent of the population without disabilities was employed.) (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014)
Early Signs of Autism Include:
  • Lack of or delay in speech
  • Unconventional use of language
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Difficulty with social interactions
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Persistent preoccupation with objects or their parts
  • Insistence on certain routines or rituals

Press contacts: Janine Kruiswijk, (518) 355-2191, jkruiswijk@albanyautism.org or Cindy Herrmann, (518) 794-7621, cindy@mogulmarketing.com

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Contact:
Janine Kruiswijk, Executive Director
(518) 355-2191
jkruiswijk@albanyautism.org
http://www.albanyautism.org

 

For Immediate Release

 

Assemblyman Santabarbara to Walk The AutismSociety of the Greater Capital Region’s 11th Annual Walk & 5KRun for Autism

 

Schenectady, NY (September15, 2014) – Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara will walk in this year’s 11thAnnual Walk & 5K Run for Autism. This year’s walk & 5K run will takeplace at Central Park in Schenectady on September 20, 2014.

 

“The AutismSociety of the Greater Capital Region is a great resource for families likemine, so I’m proud that my daughter and I can partner with them on their annualwalk and 5k run,” said Angelo Santabarbara, a long-time advocate and formerboard member of the Autism Society.

 

Angelo’s12-year-old son Michael was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at age three.Since then, their entire family has rallied behind the Autism Society and theirefforts to serve people in the community impacted by Autism.

 

“It’s great towalk with my dad in support of the Autism Society, because they help peoplelike my big brother Michael,” said Marianna Santabarbara.

 

As a member ofthe New York State Assembly, Angelo has also been a loud voice for all NewYorkers with special needs.

 

About Autism

Autism is a complex braindisorder that can affect a person’s ability to communicate and develop socialrelationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges.Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 68 children in the UnitedStates, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autismhas increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control andPrevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause andcure remain unknown.

 

About The Autism Society ofthe Greater Capital Region

The AutismSociety of the Greater Capital Region serves people living with Autism in thegreater Capital District (12 counties) and their families. Our mission is topromote lifelong access and opportunities for people on the autism spectrum andtheir families so they can be fully participating, included members of theircommunities. We do this through advocacy, public awareness, education,compassionate support and research related to autism. To learn more about Autism and the Autism Society of theGreater Capital Region visit www.albanyautism.org

 

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Contact:
Janine Kruiswijk, Executive Director
(518) 355-2191
jkruiswijk@albanyautism.org
http://www.albanyautism.org

 

For Immediate Release

 

Young Man with Autism to Celebrate Birthday at the 11th Annual Walk & 5K Run for Autism

 

Schenectady, NY (September11, 2014) – This year is a very special birthday for one young man. Ben Morris turned 19 years old recently and will be celebrating his birthday at the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region’s 11th Annual Walk & 5K Run for Autism. Ben has autism and this is a chance for him to celebrate his birthday with friends and loved ones who don’t get to see him often while he attends the Tom Galisano Center for Autism at Springbrook in Oneonta, NY. This year Ben will have a huge crowd wishing him happy birthday. Joyce Morris, Ben’s mom, says “over the years, I have witnessed the walk progress from a good fundraiser to also be a celebration of families joining together to share and celebrate. Celebrating Ben’s birthday seems to fit in so nicely as an opportunity for family, friends and the many wonderful support staff who were essential in assisting Ben and his family over the years to join in.” For Ben this year’s birthday will special in so many ways, not the least of which is that the number 19 is his absolute favorite number. If you are at the Walk& 5K Run for Autism take a moment to wish Ben a happy birthday and enjoy some cake with this very lucky young man.

 

About Autism

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges.Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 68 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause remain unknown.

 

About The Autism Society of he Greater Capital Region

The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region serves people living with Autism in the greater Capital District (12 counties) and their families. Our mission is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for people on the autism spectrum and their families so they can be fully participating, included members of their communities. We do this through advocacy, public awareness, education,compassionate support and research related to autism. To learn more about Autism and the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region visit www.albanyautism.org

 

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Contact: Janine Kruiswijk, Executive Director
(518) 355-2191
jkruiswijk@albanyautism.org
http://www.albanyautism.org

 

For Immediate Release

 

UAlbany’s Theta Delta Chi Fraternity and  Mrs. Saratoga County to be honored at The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region’s 11th Annual Walk & 5K Run for Autism

 

Schenectady, NY (September 9, 2014) - The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region (ASGCR) will honor UAlbany’s Theta Delta Chi Fraternity and Mrs. Saratoga County with their Community Award at its 11th Annual Walk & 5K Run for Autism on Saturday, September 20, 2014,at Central Park in Schenectady. The UAlbany’s Theta Delta Chi Fraternity runs the very popular Bros UniteD program, matching teen boys with autism to the fraternity brothers for friendship and fun. Nancy Katinas, Mrs. Saratoga County,has championed the autism community of the Greater Capital Region with her support and sponsorship of events to help raise much needed funds. Registration for the event begins at 8 am for the 5K Run & 10 am for the Walk. The day will be filled with fun events, vendors, and information tables. All are welcome to come out and show support for the Autism Community and help to raise funds for our family programs. Additional information is available on-line at www.albanyautism.org or by calling the office at (518)355-2191

 

About Autism

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges.Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 68 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause remain unknown.

 

About The Autism Society o fthe Greater Capital Region

The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region serves people living with Autism in the greater Capital District (12 counties) and their families. Our mission is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for people on the autism spectrum and their families so they can be fully participating, included members of their communities. We do this through advocacy, public awareness, education,compassionate support and research related to autism. To learn more about Autism and the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region visit www.albanyautism.org

 

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