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Adult autism audit

8th May 2008

The government is to carry out a £500,000 project to calculate the number of adults with autism in England.


The statistics, from what is the first audit of its kind, will be used to help form a national strategy for autism.

The announcement was made by Care Services Minister Ivan Lewis who said autistic adults are too often abandoned by health and social services.

He said: “We still don’t know enough about autism, but we do know that left unsupported, it can have a devastating impact on those who have the condition and their families.

“One of the key gaps in our knowledge is simple - we don’t know how many people have the condition in any given area. That is why I am ordering a study to address this.?

The study will be led by a team of academics from the University of Leicester, though a major challenge for them will be in not overlooking those whose autism has not yet been diagnosed.

The National Autistic Society, which has campaigned for research of this nature for some time, said that it hopes the study will mark a turning point in the way the needs of adults with autism are met.

Chief Executive Mark Lever said: “This is great news for the thousands of adults with autism who told us they feel isolated and ignored. We are delighted that the government has listened and is taking decisive action. However, we will keep campaigning to ensure real change happens at ground level.?


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