Here are some facts and statistics about autism, and how it can affect children, adults and their families.
- Autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition. Without the right support, it can have a profound – sometimes devastating – effect on individuals and families1.
- Autism is much more common than many people think. There are over half a million people in the UK with autism – that’s around 1 in 1002. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of over two million people every day. For further information, read How many people have autism spectrum disorders?
- Autism doesn’t just affect children. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism3.
- Autism is a hidden disability – you can’t always tell if someone has it4.
- While autism is incurable, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people’s lives5.
- Over 40% of children with autism have been bullied at school6.
- Over 50% of children with autism are not in the kind of school their parents believe would best support them7.
- One in five children with autism has been excluded from school, many more than once8.
- Nearly two-thirds of adults with autism in England do not have enough support to meet their needs9.
- At least one in three adults with autism are experiencing severe mental health difficulties due to a lack of support10.
- Only 15% of adults with autism in the UK are in full-time paid employment11.
- 51% of adults with autism in the UK have spent time with neither a job, nor access to benefits, 10% of those having been in this position for a decade or more12.
- 61% of those out of work say they want to work13.
- 79% of those on Incapacity Benefit say they want to work14.