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Report Finds Services ‘Limited’ For Brits With Autism

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Britain is largely ill equipped to deal with its population of adults with autism, a government report finds.

Many of Britain’s 400,000 adults with autism require specialized support. Yet eight out of 10 doctors in the country admit they need more training to effectively identify or treat autism.

Most local governments and health agencies do not keep data on the number of adults with autism within their jurisdictions. And few areas have commissions tasked with helping this population.

Hardest hit are the roughly 200,000 adults who have high functioning autism. That’s because most of the country’s services cater specifically to people with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities or mental illness, leaving many adults with autism ineligible for services they need.

Nearly two thirds of government and health officials surveyed said that services are “limited.” In particular, a lack of transition services and employment supports are significant challenges for high functioning individuals, the report finds.

“Greater awareness of the numbers of people with autism, as well as better understanding of autism amongst those providing health, social care, benefits, education and employment services, would lead to improved quality of life for those on the autistic spectrum,” says Tim Burr, who oversaw creation of the report while head of Britain’s National Audit Office.

The full report can be found by clicking here.

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  1. twinkie1cat says:

    Appropriate services for developmentally disabled adults are limited everywhere because they are not required by law to the degree they are for children. I think once our kids are out of school, they are expected to be cured or else go to institutions. People with high functioning autism need to be taught self advocacy while they are in high school and, along with those who care about them, learn to demand services they need from day care to employment training and support to college or vocational school. Autism is still a disability that is coming into its own. It is only beginning to be understood. The future of programs for adults with autism, from Aspergers to Retts depends on the ability of the high functioning people to learn to advocate for both themselves and the less able with their disability. That is social interaction, which is noticeably their weakest area, but they can if they will and are willing to learn to look out for one another like deaf people do.

    But Martin Luther King did not get equal rights for African Americans by himself. He had the help of likeminded people. So will people with autism.

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