Leicester survey on autism in adults reveals previously overlooked group

Posted by pt91 at Jan 31, 2012 03:06 PM |
New research has shown that adults with a more severe learning disability have a greater likelihood of having autism.

The research was led by Professor Terry Brugha of our Department of Health Sciences for a report published by the NHS Information Centre, and has been combined with findings from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) 2007 which also included research on autism led by Professor Brugha.

Previous estimates on the number of people with autism pointed to lower rates for adults with moderate to profound learning disability. Because they form a very small part of the adult population the new findings did not make a significant impact to the overall percentage of adults in England with autism.

However, examining those adults with profound learning disabilities separately revealed an ‘invisible’ group of people with autism: 60% of men and 43% of women were shown to have autism. The majority of these are living in private households making this an important finding for their families and care providers.