What is the state of Autism research right now?
Though our knowledge of ASD—and the range of treatments available to help people who have ASD—has greatly increased in the past two decades, research into ASD has been drastically underfunded relative to the number of people whose lives it changes. As of 2016, the NIH has allocated only $216 million—0.013% of its total budget for autism research.
One additional problem is that most of today’s research focuses on the causes of ASD. Though this may be invaluable to future generations, people living with ASD now are in dire need of effective behavioral and neurodevelopmental therapies- as well as innovative education programs- to prepare them to be independent and productive members of our society.
• Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
• Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
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• Autism: Affects 1 in 68 / Funding: $79 million