Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder which is usually characterised and diagnosed by differences in social communication and patterns of behaviour.
Autism presents very differently in different people which is why the word ‘spectrum’ is used. No two people on the autism spectrum are the same (just like any else), and individuals experience autism in different ways.
An increasing number of Australians have been diagnosed with autism in recent years. According to the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers by Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 164,000 Australians with autism in 2015. This number was a 42% increase on the previous survey in 2012, with other sources citing 1 in 100 Australian children have autism (Autism Spectrum Australia, 2013).
- There were 164,000 Australians with Autism1 in 2015
- The number of Australians with Autism1 increased by 42.1% since 2012
- 4 out of 5 people with Autism1 were male
- More than 3/4 of those with Autism1 were young (5-24 years)
- Almost 2/3 of those with Autism1had profound or severe disability
- Almost 3/4 of those with Autism1 needed help with cognitive and emotional tasks
- Almost of half of those with Autism1 needed help with communication
- Around 4 out of 5 children2 with Autism1 had difficulties at school
- 40.8% of people with Autism1 participated in the workforce3, compared with 83.2% people with no reported disability
1 ‘Autism’ includes people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, not otherwise specified. For more information, see Autism in Australia, 2015 (cat. no. 4430.0).
2 Living in households.
3 Labour force figures are for persons aged 15 and 64 years living in households.
Click here to read more on the ABS website.
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