Autism is the most common of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders, affecting an estimated 1 in 88 births and approximately 1 in 64 births in Arizona (Centers for Disease Control Prevention, 2012). Roughly translated, this means as many as 1.5 million Americans today are believed to have some form of autism. It is estimated that by the year 2023, there will be 380,000 adults with autism in need of extensive services.
Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and other governmental agencies, autism is growing at a startling rate of 10-17 percent per year. At this rate, the ASA estimates that the prevalence of autism could reach 4 million Americans in the next decade.
Autism knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries; family income levels; lifestyle choices; or educational levels, and can affect any family and any child.