As of 2016, in the state of Texas, there were 432,076 individuals living with an intellectual disability. Of that, 303,212 were living with a caregiver. With average life expectancy and median age of caregivers there would be 34 years left before the individuals with intellectual disability will need to find a new place to call home or become reliant on another family member or friend for housing support.
Over the course of the last 17 years of data reported in Texas, between 1998 and 2015, only 41,719 individual housing supports were created for individuals with IDD.
Texas has an daily growth rate of 1,200 new residents through birth or relocation. Over the next 30 years, Texas expects the state’s population to double.
As of 2018 Autism alone now affects 1 in every 40 children according to the most recent reports. That would mean 328,500 individuals on the ASD spectrum will reside in state by 2048 in addition to the EXISTING population.
While not all individuals with ASD are defined as having an intellectual disability, estimates show that IDD is prevalent in 1-3% of the entire population and in up to 38% of those with ASD. That would then be approximately 131,400-394,200 individuals with IDD specifically residing in the state over the next 30 years, again being in addition to the existing 432,075 as of 2016.
As of the most recent prevalence study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which studied records from 2008, 38% of children with ASD had Intellectual Disability. (24% of children with ASD were considered in the borderline range in terms of intellectual ability – an IQ of 71–85; 38% had IQ scores over 85, considered average or above average. These individuals are defined as having cognitive disability that would hinder or eliminate their ability to live independently. Upwards of 87% of all individuals with ASD with or without an intellectual disability still live with a parent in their adult years.
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