The big investment opportunity…in autism?

The leading autism nonprofit and Google have teamed in an attempt to link private investors like venture capital, private equity and even hedge funds to inject innovative autism-related business development.

Thanks to increased awareness and diagnosis of autism, it's now known that one in every 88 American children is born with some level of the disorder. That's more than those affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome—combined.

But products and services for autism are woefully inadequate, according to advocates.

The big money is starting to take notice of investment opportunities that both could generate profits and help the autism fight.