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Autism Cases Going Undiagnosed

May 29, 2009

A study by Cambridge University researchers has suggested that a significant number of cases of Autism and related disorders could be going undiagnosed.

Researchers say that for every three diagnosed cases of autism spectrum disorders, there could be  a further two cases going undiagnosed.

They say such studies are important because they allow relevant professionals to make plans to provide appropriate support to those who need it.

The National Autistic Society has welcomed the study. Its chief executive Mark Lever said:

This is important research, which for the first time gives us an estimate of the number of people who don’t have an autism diagnosis but may be in need of support.

Getting the right support at the right time is vitally important and access to appropriate diagnostic services is crucial.

He said the NAS was campaigning for statutory guidance for diagnosis included as part of the proposed Autism Bill to try and improve improvement in local authority and NHS services.

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