Autism in Delaware


Delaware is a small state, but we are not immune to the global challenges of autism.

We estimate that there are about 1,800 individuals with autism in Delaware – a conservative figure based on public reporting from state agencies. Unfortunately it is impossible for us to provide an exact figure on the number of people who have autism in Delaware because not all individuals affected by autism – whether children or adults –utilize public systems so that they can be accurately tracked.

Here are some numbers to consider:

1991 – Delaware Department of Education (DOE) reported 152 public school students with autism*

2014 – DOE reported 1,512 public school students with autism

This represents a 895% increase over 23 years.

Nationally, autism has increased by about 600% over the past 20 years

The Department of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) reports (from information received March 2012) 565 individual with autism registered for services.

  • 269 were adults with autism
  • 218 were children with autism
  • 32 were adults with Asperger’s Syndrome
  • 46 were children with Asperger’s Syndrome

The Centers for Disease Control now estimate that autism occurs in 1 in every 88 children under 8 in the U.S.

* Note that the Department of Education (DOE) can only report on those children in the public school system who have an educational classification of autism.