In 2014 diagnoses of Asperger’s syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified(PDD-NOS) were removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) there is only Autism spectrum disorders. ANSWER (Asperger’s Network Support) will continue to use Asperger’s in its name to make sure those who identify with this name can continue to come to us for information and support.
General Statistics for Asperger’s and PDD-NOS
The Center for Disease Control (2014) estimates prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births, there are possibly 3.5 million people nationwide with ASD. Several sources indicate that an estimated 75% of all ASDs are Aspergers and PDD/NOS, or 2.6 million nationwide.”
The birth rate in the United States peaked in 2007 at more than 4.3 million births.
Being conservative and using the rate of 1 in 100 births being diagnosed with ASD, and 75% of those being Asperger’s or PDD/NOS, there could be 32,250 persons born each year with Asperger’s or PDD/NOS.
Nationwide, the rate of ASD diagnosis is increasing, and most indications show a corresponding increase in Asperger’s diagnosis as well.
Statistics for Employment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (Brenda Smith Myles)
12% Full-time employment rate for individuals with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s
6% Full-time employment rate for individuals with classic Autism
80% Live as a dependent with family members throughout their life.