Autism Cliff Visualization
NSCH (National Survey for Children's Health) data for 2016 shows that around 1.5 million children (ages 3-17) had autism in the year 2016. Based on this and other data, the estimated number of adults (ages 18-84) with autism is over 5.4 million in the year 2017.
The estimates of Adults with Autism (ages 18-84) are calculated nationwide and for each state.
Hover on a state to see the total number of estimated cases and prevalence.
Find more information on the research here.
Let's look at the Providers of Autism Services in Georgia. The data is collected from Parent to Parent of Georgia. The colors represent the number of providers in each county. Dekalb and nearby counties have the maximum number of providers. A geographical disparity of services between North and South Georgia is evident.
The map shows Locations of All Providers in Georgia (based on the data extracted from Parent To Parent). Select or deselect age groups in the bar graph to filter the locations of providers on the map.
The total number of providers drops by 50% for adults aged 21 and above compared to children of ages 6-11 years. It's almost like youths fall off a Services Cliff when they transition into adulthood.
The NLTS2 (National Longitudinal Transitional Study 2) data covers a population sample that represents over 14,000 Autistic youths who received Special Education and were 13 to 16 years of age in 2000 when the survey was initiated. Each pixel here represents ten students.
Approximately 26% of young adults on the autism spectrum received no services – services that could help them become employed, continue their education, or live more independently.
Frequency of services reduced drastically since high school. 66% of autistic youth received Speech Language Therapy at the age of 17.
Only 10% of young autistic adults received Speech Language Therapy since high-school. 56% of them no longer received the service.