Facts and figures about autism
Here are a few facts and figures about autism which may surprise and intrigue you. There are quite a few myths surrounding autism – as there is with any disorder so it is important to separate fact from fiction.
Facts about autism
Note: we use the term ’autism’ to refer to a range of spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s Syndrome, classic autism, high functioning autism and pervasive developmental disorder.
- Autism affects both adults and children
- Autism is a difficult condition to detect: you do not always know if a person is autistic or not.
- Autism is a permanent and disabling condition which affects more than half a million people in the UK.
- There is no cure for autism
- More than 90% of people in the UK have heard of autism but none of them realise how common this disorder is.
- More than 40% of autistic children have experienced bullying
- Around 1 in 5 autistic children have been excluded from school. Some of them have been excluded several times.
- Parents of more than 50% of autistic children believe that their children would receive better support in a special school.
- More than 50% of autistic adults are unemployed and have no access no social security benefits. Some of these adults have been in this position for at least 10 years.
- Only 15% of autistic adults hold down a full time job
- Around 60% of unemployed adults with autism want to work
- Nearly 80% of autistic adults in receipt of Incapacity Benefit want to work.
- Around 1 in 3 adults with autism is suffering from severe mental health problems due to a lack of support.
- Around two thirds of adults with autism do not receive enough support for their needs.
(Source: The National Autistic Society/about-autism)
What is important to know is that whilst there is currently no cure for autism, there is, nevertheless, a support system in place. This support can make an immense difference to the sufferer and their family’s lives.
Autism affects people in different ways. Some people may require a minimal amount of help and are able to participate in society: whereas others have severe physical and learning difficulties and need full time help.
Guide to Autism
- Guide to Autism
- What is autism?
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Mild Autism
- Classic Autism
- High Functioning Autism
- Regressive Autism
- Asperger's Syndrome
- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
- Rett's Syndrome
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder
- Facts and figures about autism
- Causes of autism
- Symptoms of autism
- Diagnosing autism
- Diagnosing autism in adults
- Diagnosing autism in children
- CHAT screening test
- ASD assessment
- Private assessment
- Diagnostic report
- Treatment for autism
- Applied behavioural analysis
- Auditory integration training
- Building relationships
- Communication with others
- Complimentary therapy
- Developing social skills
- Diet and supplements
- Speech and language therapy
- Living with autism
- Adults with autism
- Benefits and money
- Community support services
- Coping on a day to day level
- Children with autism
- Behavioural issues
- Dealing with change
- Dietary issues