Association of Race/Ethnicity and Social Disadvantage with Autism Prevalence

Charlotte Goddard
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Autism spectrum disorder is characterised by communication difficulties and restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities. It is thought to affect between one and two per cent of the world's population. Researchers at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with researchers from Newcastle University and Maastricht University, wanted to chart the prevalence of autism in different demographic groups to help with the planning of support services.

Research found pupils with autism were more likely to be from a disadvantaged background. Picture: Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock
Research found pupils with autism were more likely to be from a disadvantaged background. Picture: Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock

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