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About 1 in 68 children 

has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.

Through a partnership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine, the UNLV Ackerman Autism Center broke new ground, literally and figuratively, in Las Vegas.

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Ten Key Facts About Autism

Affected by Autism

1 out of 68 children under the age of 8 are affected by autism. 4 out of 5 are boys.

Medical Research

Funding for medical research in autism ranks the lowest behind cancer, diabetes and AIDS, and has the highest prevalence than all of them combined.


Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. and there is no medical detection or cure for autism.

Every 20 Minutes

Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism and Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.

Youth with Autism

In the U.S., 50,000 youth with autism are transitioning into adults without adequate vocational and transition planning.

In Nevada

More than 8,500 children and youth in Nevada are living with some form of autism spectrum disorder.

Cost of Care

The cost of care for one untreated child can be as high as 6 million over the lifetime. We can invest now in their future or pay greater in the future.

Typical Age

The typical age at which most pediatricians determine a child to show signs of autism is at three years. With better training and diagnostic skills, pediatricians should be able to diagnose the condition of the child as young as 18 months.

Time Transporting

The typical parent of an autistic child will spend 8-10 hours a week just transporting the childfrom one appointment to another doctor or therapist.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage for treatment of autistic children covers about 30-40% of the average cost of care

Granting Hope

Join our monthly giving program to help children and families struggling with autism. Your generous monthly donation of $20, $50 or $100 per month will change a young person’s life forever.

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Services and Programs

Our staff helps identify programs and services tailored to the needs of your family. From early intervention to pre-vocational and transition, we have something suited to your needs.

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Policy Updates

Find out about what’s happening in the legislature and what’s going on with public policy on both the national and state level. Find out more about how you can get involved.

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Find out more about upcoming events like our Fashion for Autism Gala, 5K Autism Race for Hope Fun Walk and Family Fair, and other exciting community events.

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