DG3Calling all data visualization experts! The SAP data visualization team is pairing up with the Els for Autism foundation and Autismspeaks.org to help uncover data-driven insights to support research and analysis for Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interactionverbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child’s life. These signs often develop gradually, though some children with autism reach their developmental milestones at a normal pace and then regress. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent in early childhood, typically before age three.

  • As of 2010, the number of people affected is estimated at about 1–2 per 1,000 worldwide.
  • It occurs four to five times more often in boys than girls.
  • About 1.5% of children in the United States (one in 68) are diagnosed with ASD as of 2014, a 30% increase from one in 88 in 2012.
  • The rate of autism among adults aged 18 years and over in the United Kingdom is 1.1%.

The number of people diagnosed has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice and government-subsidized financial incentives for named diagnoses; the question of whether actual rates have increased is unresolved. Learn more by watching this TED Talk by Wendy Chung on what we know and don’t know about Autism.

This is a call to the data visualization community to put your analytical skills to the test to help solve this real world challenge. Here’s how you can help:

Step One: Grab your data

Here are a number of Autism data sources, or you can find your own:

Step Two: Download analytics software

Download SAP Lumira and SAP Predictive Analytics for free!

Step Three: Share your insights

Join the DataGenius Challenge, share your insights with the data visualization community, win prizes, and donate money to charity.

Learn more about how DataGenius experts have uncovered insights for these real-world challenges:

Learn more about how SAP hires adults with Autism as part of the SAP Autism at Work program.

Good luck DataGenius in your journey to uncover and share insights to tell your story and change the world! Connect with the DataGenius Challenge on @SAPAnalytics and follow me on Twitter @nicfish.