1. Autism affects about 21.7 million people in the world.
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  2. 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the U.S.
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  3. Boys are nearly five times more likely
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  4. The doctor who claimed a link between vaccines and autism, Andrew Wakefield, created fraudulent data for his paper and lost his medical license as a result.
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  5. Over 20% of the U.S. population still believe that vaccines cause autism.
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  6. The 'intense world theory of autism' suggests that autistic people shut down because they experience and feel too much.
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  7. People with autism are less likely to catch yawns. The more severe their condition, the less common the behavior gets.
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  8. There are virtually no differences in brain anatomy between people with autism and those without.
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  9. Low vitamin D levels during pregnancy have been linked to autism.
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  10. Over 250 cinemas in the UK have Autism Friendly Screenings (AFS) in which the volume is lower, the lighting is darker and you can take your own food and drink.
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  11. Although Autism is generally assumed to be lifelong, there's evidence that between 3% and 25% of affected people eventually recover, a 2008 study found.
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  12. Research shows that drama classes are particularly useful for improving the social skills of autistic children.
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  13. In Belgium, people with autism, bipolar disorder, depression and other mental illnesses can request to be euthanised.
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  14. 90% of deaths in Autism Spectrum kids under 14 are from drowning.
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