Autism and Poverty


by : 
Audrey G.


At least 1 in 59 children are on the autism spectrum in the U.S. (CDC, 2019). These rates are likely higher in low-income communities. People with autism are at a higher risk for ADHD, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and obesity. There are no papers on PubMed, the world’s leading medical database, that compare CBT, ABA, and RDI (three treatment methods). Such a comparison could identify which treatment would be best in low-income places.

Personal Statement

Prior to this year, the only people who knew that I'm on the autism spectrum were my parents and my closest friends. I've spent years of my life learning how to manage autism's challenges and capitalize on the strengths it has given me. That being said, I was incredibly fortunate to be born to two doctors who had the expertise and time required to nurture me. Through this project, I hope to contribute to the efforts to help those with autism in low-income communities.