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World Autism Day 2019

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.

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