Timeline about the advancement in autism understanding and awareness.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
Where we stand today, one in 160 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)(1).
This disorder begins in childhood and generally persists into adolescence and adulthood.
While some people with ASD can live independently, others have severe disabilities and require life- long care and support.
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