Saturday, April 3, 2010

Some food for thought:

This is a subject near and dear to my heart! 

Here are some interesting facts about autism (from Autism Speaks):


* Autism affects 1 in 110 children - 1 in 70 boys
* Boys are 4 times more likely than girls to have autism
* Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the US
* More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined

Prevalence vs. Private Funding

* Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
* Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
* Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million
* Autism Spectrum Disorder: Affects 1 in 110 / Funding: $79 million

National Institute of Health Funds Allocation

* Total 2009 NIH budget: $35.9 billion
* Of this, $196 million goes directly to autism research. This represents 0.5% of total NIH funding.

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marsha said...

I did not realize the percentages. I have a dear friend whose sister has two sets of twins, both boys have autism, but the girls are fine.


MiamiKel said...

Thank you sweet friend for passing this on. My 13 y/o niece has Autism and although we know she will never really have a good quality of life or live alone, we are grateful for a family that wraps around her with unconditional love and support! xoxo