'The incidence of autistic spectrum disorders has increased from 1 in 10,000 individuals
in 1988 to 1 in 59 individuals today*. Parents need support, carers need guidance.’
• Why are there so few appropriate educational services and facilities for autistic
• Why are parents given so
little support? 85% of
marriages with a special needs child break down. Autism has a massive impact on the family.
• Autism is frequently deeply misunderstood. More training is crucial for all professionals looking after those with autism.
• Resources to aid carers should be more widely available: simple things make a big
difference – like providing nappies for the incontinent; providing nutritional supplements; funding gluten and
casein free products; easy
fitting strapped shoes etc.
• Why are so many children living with bowel issues,
limited diets, pain and discomfort and often an inability to describe the pain?
• Many, if not most, will be
unable to live a fulfilling and independent life when they become adults. Most are expected to be cared for by
• There is a chronic lack of adult facilities and services. Many adults with autism are accommodated in care homes that are inappropriate and in many cases damaging.
*Cambridge Research Centre 2008
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First Publishd in April 2009
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