New study estimates autism prevalence among adults with learning disability

Adults with a more severe learning disability also have a greater likelihood of having autism according to the report Estimating the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Conditions in Adults: Extending the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. The report combines data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) 2007 with findings from a new study based on a sample of people with learning disabilities living in private households and communal care establishments. It aims to estimate the prevalence of autism in England, furthering previous research that suggests people with learning disabilities are more likely to have autism; and address the fact that the APMS did not include people with severe learning disabilities.

Source: NHS Information Centre
Date: 1 February 2012