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Study finds autism has been with us a long time

posted 25 May 2012, 09:11 by Jan Szafranski   [ updated 25 May 2012, 09:11 ]

The National Autistic Society (NAS) has welcomed the publication of the first major study of the prevalence of autism among adults, which was commissioned by the Government in 2008 in direct response to our I Exist campaign.

The research shows that that around 1.1% of the adult population in England has autism. Previous studies among children have shown similar rates, indicating that rather than there having been an increase in the condition among children in recent years, as some have suggested, adults with autism have in fact been long overlooked by services and society at large.