Delaware is a small state, but we are not immune to the global challenges of autism.
Unfortunately it is impossible for us to provide an exact figure on the number of people who have autism in Delaware because not all individuals affected by autism – whether children or adults –utilize public systems so that they can be accurately tracked.
Here are some numbers to consider:
1991 – Delaware Department of Education (DOE) reported 152 public school students with autism*
2015 – DOE reported 1,660 public school students with autism
This represents a 992% increase over 24 years.
Nationally, autism has increased by about 600% over the past 20 years
The Department of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) reported (from information received March 2012) 565 individual with autism registered for services at that time.
- 269 were adults with autism
- 218 were children with autism
- 32 were adults with Asperger’s Syndrome
- 46 were children with Asperger’s Syndrome
The Centers for Disease Control now estimate that autism occurs in 1 in every 68 children under 8 in the U.S.
* Note that the Department of Education (DOE) can only report on those children in the public school system who have an educational classification of autism. This figure will not include children who are more mildly affected by their autism, who are home-schooled, etc.