ASD and ADHD Facts

March 17, 2019by Alex Truong0

ASD and ADHD Facts


estimated # of children (5-14yo) with ASD living in Chicago


1 in 54 children is diagnosed with an ASD

  • Two times more likely to be overweight or at risk.
  • Three times more likely to be bullied.
  • Have enormous potential but only about 10 to 20% of adults are employed.

Autism Speaks conducted a national survey on community youth organizations. The top barriers that families experience to having their child participate in a youth organization are:

  • No programs specifically designed for youth with autism
  • Lack of behavior management services
  • Untrained staff
  • Expense of the program, lack of scholarships

estimated # of children (5-14yo) with ADHD living in Chicago

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

1 in 11 children is diagnosed with ADHD

  • 65% have problems with defiance and non-compliance.
  • 32.2% chance to drop out of high school compared to 15%.
  • 2 times more likely to be laid off.

After-school programs are a blessing for kids with ADHD. A study showed that children with ADHD who participated in after-school activities had nearly 40 percent lower odds of parents reporting them having a moderate or severe case of missing school. Prior research has established that increased physical activity and less screen time among these children are both linked to less severe cases.