What is Autism?
- Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) exhibit a range of impaired social, communication and cognitive skills that can significantly impede their participation in school, their families and society overall.
- ASD affects 1 in 100 Australian children and is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls. This also means that ASD impacts 1 in 100 Australian families.
- ASD prevalence figures are growing. More children are diagnosed with ASD than with AIDS, Diabetes and Cancer combined.
- Whilst there is no ‘cure’ for autism, many children with ASD are capable of significant development with suitable therapeutic support.
- Autism is a spectrum disorder: it is different from individual to individual. Some children with ASD can be very social and achieve academically.
- Early intervention therapy can reduce the potential social costs over a person with ASD’s lifetime by up to $2 million.