Learning disability statistics: autism
Approximately 1% of the population has an autism spectrum condition
- The prevalence rate of autistic spectrum conditions is higher in men (2%) than women (0.3%).
- 60-70% of people who have an autistic spectrum condition will also have a learning disability.
- The prevalence of autism increases with greater severity of learning disability or lower verbal IQ.
- (Source: NHS Report - 'Estimating the prevalence of autistic spectrum conditions in adults', 2012)
- 4.5% of single men have an autism spectrum condition
- Autism spectrum conditions are associated with educational qualiﬁcation. The rate is lowest among those with a degree level qualiﬁcation (0.2%) and highest among those with no qualiﬁcations (2.1%).
- The likelihood of a positive assessment for an autism spectrum condition varies with tenure and the level of deprivation in the local area. Those living in accommodation rented from a social landlord were the most likely to have an autism spectrum condition.
- This is strongly evident among men - 8.0% of men in social housing are identiﬁed with an autism spectrum condition (Source: Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England, 2007)