Today is World Autism Day, part of World Autism Week 2019.
Autism is much more common than many people think. There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK – that's more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.
Autism doesn't just affect children. Autistic children grow up to be autistic adults.
Autism is a hidden disability – you can't always tell if someone is autistic.
While autism is incurable, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people's lives.
63% of children on the autism spectrum are not in the kind of school their parents believe would best support them.
At least one in three autistic adults are experiencing severe mental health difficulties due to a lack of support.
Only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment and only 32% are in some kind of paid work.
Only 10% of autistic adults receive employment support but 53% say they want it.