Autism > AIDS

According to the Poodwaddle World Clock, there are three times as many people living with Autism than with AIDS.

[Insert Shocked  Swear Word Here.]

To view this stat on the clock, click on the “Illness” tab on the left hand side.

When the numbers are divided out…this gives an Autism Spectrum prevelance of 1 in 66 people.

100,852,000 + Autistics in the world.

Take a minute to let it sink deeply into your mind.

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3 Responses to “Autism > AIDS”


  1. 1 Evonne February 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

    While that’s sinking, however, let’s try not to sink into the implication that somehow autism is a scourge to be feared worse than a deadly virus. Only that there are a lot of autistics in the world — as well as a lot of people living with AIDS — and that we’d best come up with more loving and understanding ways of living with them.

  2. 3 Margaret February 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    On the other hand, you can’t imagine AIDS but over enthusiastic psychologists, doctors and other researchers can imagine autism. Since it became tres chic to research the numbers of children on the spectrum have gone up expoentially. I suspect a lot of kids are getting a label they don’t deserve and diverting resources from those who need them.


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