Take a look at the numbers, and the need to support this underserved population becomes abundantly clear.

An estimated
5,437,988

adults in the United States have ASD

The prevalence of autism in children in the U.S. increased by
119.4%

from 2000 to 2010

NJ has the highest rate of autism in the nation: 1 in
32,

drastically exceeding other states

In New Jersey, the breakdown is as follows:

1 in 20  boys

1 in 85  girls

 

Only
40%

of those who disclosed their disability to their postsecondary school
received accommodations

 

Fewer than
20%
of college students with autism have graduated or were even on track to graduate 5 years after high school
 
35%
of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school
 
79%

of men and women age 16 and over with a disability are not in the labor force

Nearly
42%

of young adults on the autism spectrum never worked for pay during their early 20's

78%

 of respondents with ASD reported at least one occurrence of sexual victimization as opposed to 47.4% of the comparison group

source

 

26%
of adults with autism are affected by depression, and
42%
are affected by anxiety disorders

The average lifespan of someone with autism is currently half that of the general population – an average of 
36 versus 72 years