10 Things You May Not Know About Autism
- Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and interacts with others. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be very difficult to live with, not only for those who have autism but also for their loved ones. A lot of people don't know much about what it's like living with autism or how they could help someone on the spectrum. In this blog post, we're going to share 10 things you likely didn't know about autism:
- Very little was known or medically researched about autism spectrum disorder until the late 20th century. New discoveries and advancements continue to be made today to help individuals on the spectrum achieve their full potential.
- In the US, Autism spectrum disorder is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders. There are currently 1 in 54 children diagnosed with autism in America; this number has increased from 1 in 150 just ten years ago. It's estimated that by 2025, it will be up to 1 in 42 boys and girls who have ASD.
- Autism is a disorder that makes it difficult to interact with other people, sometimes even those who are closest to us. It can also make it hard for people on the autism spectrum to understand what’s going on in their brain and body. The term stems from the Greek word autos meaning “self”, autism literally means “alone”.
- Autism affects all nationalities, creeds, religions, races, and both sexes with no discrimination. The World Health Organization reports that ASD has risen by over 30% since 2010 to now be the fastest-growing developmental disability in the world.
- Adults with ASD are at high risk for homelessness and likely to be placed in the next empty bed" of a group home or adult foster care. It's not surprising then, that many experts have predicted that autism rates will double by 2040 due to the baby boomer generation entering their senior years and more children being diagnosed with autism than ever before.
- The causes of ASD are not known, but it is certain that parental behavior before during, and after pregnancy does NOT cause Autism. Most parents have wondered the question, "Do parents cause autism?" The answer is no: parents do not and cannot cause autism spectrum disorder.
- There are many misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder. One of the most common myths is that people with ASD lack empathy and social skills. In reality, individuals on the autistic spectrum often care deeply but struggle to spontaneously develop empathic and socially connected typical behavior.
- The lifetime costs of autism are staggering: $1.4 million to $2.4 million on average, according to recent research funded by Autism Speaks. What's more alarming is the fact that these numbers don't even include the cost of lifelong care for the child or adult with autism - which can add up to another $60,000 per year on average!
- Identical twins have a higher chance of both having autism spectrum disorder than fraternal twins. If one identical twin has ASD, the other has up to a 60-96% chance of also being on the spectrum. Fraternal twins only share 50% of their genes, which increases the odds that one will have ASD and not the other. If one does have an ASD, there's still about a 24% chance that the other will too.
Conclusion: We hope you found our blog post on 10 things you likely didn't know about autism to be an informative and interesting read. To find out how you can make a difference in the life of an adult with autism, visit https://neurodiverseliving.org/contribute