April Is Autism Awareness Month, for those of you that don’t know what Autism is now is the chance to research, find out and raise your own awareness of the condition.
Here are some facts taken directly from www.autism.org.uk which you find helpful:
- Autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition. Without the right support, it can have a profound – sometimes devastating – effect on individuals and families.
- Autism is much more common than many people think. There are around 700,000 people in the UK living with autism – that’s more than 1 in 1001. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of 2.8 million people every day.
- Autism doesn’t just affect children. Autistic children grow up to be autistic adults.
- Autism is a hidden disability – you can’t always tell if someone has it.
- While autism is incurable, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people’s lives.
- 34% of children on the autism spectrum say that the worst thing about being at school is being picked on2.
- 63% of children on the autism spectrum are not in the kind of school their parents believe would best support them3.
- 17% of autistic children have been suspended from school; 48% of these had been suspended three or more times; 4% had been expelled from one or more schools4.
- Seventy per cent of autistic adults say that they are not getting the help they need from social services. Seventy per cent of autistic adults also told us that with more support they would feel less isolated5.
- At least one in three autistic adults are experiencing severe mental health difficulties due to a lack of support6.
- Only 15% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment7.
- Only 10% of autistic adults receive employment support but 53% say they want it8.
I thought I would post a quick reminder for those of you that aren’t in the know, Please share this post whether it be on social media or just with friends and family. Let’s raise awareness together and make people’s lives that little bit easier.