Prevalence of Autism

Group of people Around 700,000 people in the UK may be on the autism spectrum, that is, more than 1 in 100 in the population.

This page provides details of scientific studies of the prevalence and incidence of autism - including Aspeger syndrome, autistic disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder (not otherwise specified) - which have been published in peer-reviewed journals. If you know of any other scientific studies we should include please email info@researchautism.net with the details. Thank you.

If you are a UK resident you may be able to obtain full copies of some of the items listed on this page from your local public library, your college library, or the National Autistic Society's Information Centre.

If you wish to find out recent statistics for the UK, please see Statistics: how many people have autistic spectrum disorders?, published on the National Autistic Society website.

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25 Oct 2017