Around 700,000 people in the UK have autism, many of whom are affected so severely that they do not speak, or only speak a few words, and the overwhelming majority will never work full-time. Despite being one of the costliest medical conditions and with controversy around its possible causes and treatments, there has been relatively little research into autism.
A new report details how people with autism die much earlier than we realised and highlights how severe the illness is. The report, Personal tragedies, public crisis, has been put together by the research charity Autistica.
Journalists came to the Science Media Centre to discuss issues such as:
Prof. Patrick Bolton, Professor in Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry, King’s College London
Dr Sarah Cassidy, Atypical Development Theme Lead, Coventry University
Jon Spiers, Chief Executive, Autistica