According to the National Institute of Health, they invest $30.9 billion dollars annually to medical research. Of this $30.9 billion dollars, they allocate only $169 million (2012) and $170 million estimated for 2013, yet the disorder is growing at an extremely rapid pace and now affects 1 in 50 children! Surely I can’t be the only one who sees something wrong with this information! I certainly don’t want to be the parent who says that one disorder is more important than another, but when Autism is growing in the pace that it is, and more and more families are being affected each year, it is time for someone to do something to help these children.
You can find the budget report at the link below…it will show you how the NIH research funds are allocated.
National Institute of Health. (2012). NIH Budget: Research for the people. Available online at: http://www.nih.gov/about/budget.htm