The Irish Society for Autism completed a survey on children and adults with Autism in 1996. It covered the area comprising the Eastern Health Board – Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. The study identified 272 children and adults ages 4 to 25 years giving an overall prevalence of 4.95 per 10,000 births.

A summary of the findings provided no real surprises but highlights a significant lack of adequate training for staff in the education and development of People with Autism.

A follow up study completed by the Irish Society for Autism in June 2001 showed a marked increase in the prevalence of Autism. It stood at 1 in 600 children.

Since then the numbers of children being diagnosed has increased dramatically. Recent studies have shown the prevalence of Autism closer to 1 in 100 children. The Lancet reported in 2007 that the prevalence was 1 in 86 children.

The most recent study carried out by the Cambridge University Autism Research Centre indicates that 1 in 58 children will have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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The Irish Society for Autism was created in 1963, and has long campaigned for the cause of Autism in Ireland and Worldwide. We are the longest established specialist service for people with Autism in Ireland. The Society was formed...
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