What is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disability which causes significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, the combination of symptoms and their level of severity varies from person to person.

Diagnosis criteria for autism is specific, a person must exhibit the following symptoms to a degree that significantly impairs their daily living:


Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction


Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities



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Lifetime Social Costs of Autism

Social costs associated with autism for 1990-2019 are estimated at $7 trillion dollars. If the rate of increase in prevalence continues, costs to society could reach nearly $15 trillion by 2029. These estimates only reflect what society pays, not the additional expenses families incur out of their own pockets.

Annual Impact of Rising Prevalence in the Societal Cost

In 2020, the U.S. autism annual cost is estimated at $223 billion dollars and is projected to rise to $589 billion by 2030.

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our programs & services are designed to meet these goals

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