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May 2011



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Article Date: 03 May 2011 – 6:00 PDT

In England, the prevalence of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was estimated to be 9.8 per 1,000 population, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Among children and adolescents, in England, recent surveys have reported an ASD prevalence of approximately ten per 1,000, which is higher than some earlier studies estimating prevalence of 4.4 per 10,000 population and 12.7 per 10,000 population. “It is not known whether this reported increased prevalence reflects case finding changes or increasing incidence due to newly emerging causes,” the authors stated as context. At the same time, the authors noted a lack of validated information about the rate of ASDs in British adults, possibly because the symptoms may not be obvious in some: “Adults with ASDs are more likely to be recognized and supported if they also have severe intellectual disability; those with higher levels of functioning tend to be overlooked in the community.”

Previous research into England’s population of adults with ASDs have been largely based on self-reported data, which may affect the results.

Read in Full: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/224029.php

The National Autistic Society


With vital services and benefits being cut, we want you to join us at the Hardest Hit protest on May 11th. The protest will show Government how cuts will affect disabled people.

Hardest Hit is being supported by many disability charities, including the National Autistic Society.  There will be a London protest, involving a rally, march, and lobby of Parliament.  Sign up to attend some or all of the day.
We know that it can be difficult for people with autism to take part in a noisy protest.  For this reason we have booked some quieter rooms in Parliament for those who want to meet their MP in a calmer environment.  Please contact us on hardest.hit@nas.org.uk to arrange to use a quiet room.

As well as the London protest, there will also be an Online Protest. Numbers count, so please get involved in any way you can.

Thank you,

Tom Madders
Head of Campaigns