Numbers to Know: Special Autism Edition

Special Autism Edition

Autism affects an estimated 1 in 36 children in the U.S., and boys are nearly four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, celebrated each April, this special edition of Numbers to Know highlights autism statistics.

Individuals with autism often have very positive traits that can help them navigate the world. Such traits include:

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  • Increased attention to detail and awareness of surroundings
  • Good memory
  • Highly skilled at observation
  • Ability to hold and absorb information
  • Increased levels of creativity
  • Resiliency and focus
  • Honesty and reliability

74% of autistic high school students receive a diploma, and 19% finish with certificates. Nearly 60% of people with autism in the U.S. are employed after receiving vocational rehabilitation (VR) services provided by the state.

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Diet & Nutrition

Autism research continues to advance, including better screening methods, gender inclusion in studies, innovative treatment approaches, and early intervention techniques which can improve the outcomes of autistic children.

A study by Thinking Autism of more than 200 families states that 95% found nutritional and dietary intervention as well as various therapeutic approaches to be beneficial for their autistic family member.

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