A real “autism tsunami” has hit the U.S. In March 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study, estimating now that 1 in 50 children in the United States have autism. Previously, it was 1 in 88 children. Since 2000, there has a been a 200 percent increase in the number of children identified identified with autism spectrum disorder. The condition affects more than 2 million people of all ages in the U.S. The CDC states that autism spectrum disorder is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral changes among impacted individuals.

The cost of autism to our society is real and significant. Mothers with autistic children earn 56 percent less than mother whose children have no mental limitations. This is partly because they leave the workforce to care for their children or take lower paying jobs with more flexibility. The annual cost of autism to U.S. society is $126 billion, and this figure is projected to balloon to between $200 and $400 billion by 2023.

To learn more about autism spectrum disorder, including which states are most impacted by the condition, take a look at the infographic below presented by InsuranceQuotes.

The numbers behind the autism tsunami [Infographic]

From: Bankrate Insurance’s InsuranceQuotes.com