ASD Adults Living in England
Source: NHS Information Centre
Using the recommended threshold of a score of 10 or more on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 1.0 percent of the adult population had ASD. Published childhood population studies show the prevalence rate among children is also approximately 1.0 percent.
This is the most important part of the information published. The implications of this study are far-reaching. I’d like to look at a few of them in a bit of detail. Subjects such as services, vaccinations, genetics and sociology come to mind. I hate to start with the subject of vaccinations and biomedical theories, but it is a very important subject matter.
I have faced many parents who have adamantly said I must not have Autism for one, and for two that their children are suffering from toxicity. I’m sure others have as well. This study clearly shows that the rate is the same across the board. Since vaccinations have only recently (past 20 years) been so widely used, there should be an increase in the rate.
I must say though, that the vaccine implications pale in comparison to needed services. This shows we are not getting much support, at least in the UK, and I believe not in the US either. We need more support to get it through college, as the amount of education is low. We need support in relationships, or else, the rate of being single wouldn’t be so low. Job placement assistance, financial planning, so on so forth. I read somewhere after this, “If the rate is so high, then why do they continue to live?” Basically using survival of the fittest and natural selection as a means to try to explain how there is still a high rate of autism. The fact remains that we are, for lack of a better term, mating and reproducing. I’d much rather a world where my kids can get assistance, if they need it, than to live alone, with no education, and a low paying job.
Which brings me to the sociology of all this. If there is such a high rate of adults who have the most part went undiagnosed, what does that mean of our impact on society? Are we being accepted or cornered into a homes? Is there adequate means to promote social awareness for not just the children, but adults as well? Social awareness should really be a two way street. We have all adapted quite a bit over our life times to be where we’re at today. I would like to see more socially aware peers. I feel like I probably go overboard telling others of Autism just so I know there is awareness. If I don’t say something, who will?
I hope this all has given you something to think about. Hopefully we will see more studies like this to come out.