“YOUNG ADULTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM ARE DOING MUCH WORSE OFF, WAY MORE WORSE OFF, THAN THEIR PEERS THAN WE EVER IMAGINED… PARENTS SAY, ‘WE FEEL LIKE WE’RE FALLING OFF A CLIFF.’”

-Paul Shattuck, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Life Course Outcomes

Facts About Autism

  • 1 in 68 births

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 births will receive a diagnosis of ASD. In Maryland, that number is 1 in 60 births and 1 in 37 boys.

  • 2%

    2% of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health in 2010 were devoted to improving lives of adults with ASD.

  • 26%

    In June 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 26% of adults with a disability were employed. At Itineris 100% of our individuals are employed in either paid or internship positions. The more people we can support, the more we can help.

  • 66%

    66% of the human lifespan is spent as an adult and children with autism who need support become adults with autism who need support.

  • $235 to $265M

    The annual cost of services in the United States for the autistic community is estimated to be between $235 to $265 million. Among the disorders with the greatest prevalence, ASD receives the lowest per capita funding.

  • $1.4m COST PER LIFETIME

    A new study in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics has pegged the total lifetime cost of supporting an individual with an ASD at an astonishing $1.4 million in the United States compared to $250,000 for a typical young adult through age 18. If there is also an intellectual disability, the total rises to $2.4 million.

  • 100%

    100% of support services end when a young adult with autism exits the school system. This happens at a time when they need these services the most.

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