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