In 2001, the Census of India produced the following statistics.
Good facilities for treating the needs of children with autism or other special needs are prohibitively expensive.
• 72% of those regarded as mentally impaired are not able to work.
• 62 % of all those who are mentally impaired are illiterate.
• 51 % of ALL those who are considered to be disabled are illiterate.
• 71% of 'mentally impaired' females are illiterate.
• In India one in every 500 people has autism. The city of Delhi alone, therefore, is estimated to have over 20,000 people with autism.
Though Autism is a widely recognized disability in the world, Autism is NOT part of the Disability Act of India. As a result, there is a significant lack of support, diagnosis, and intervention for those who have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).
There is much misinformation in our society regarding mental disability, mental illness and physical impairment. This has led to significant social stigma regarding those who are differently-abled.