It is the fastest-growing developmental disability in North America,
affecting one in every one hundred fifty births each year. The number of
children whose lives are reshaped by autism grows at a rate of more
than 10 percent a year, costing the health care system $90 billion each
year. In addition, this condition often follows the individual into
adulthood — so much so that 90% of those costs are for providing adult
services. But the statistics reveal nothing about the ways both children
and their families struggle with this dreaded disorder.