Autism Facts

  • National figures indicate that autism affects around 1 person in every 100.  The 2011 Census figures for Bedfordshire indicated that there were 615,100 people in the county.  Based on these figures, it means that there are 6,151 people in Bedfordshire with autism.
  • It is more common in males than females.
  • The exact cause of autism is unknown and probably several factors contribute although research strongly suggests a genetic cause and the condition does tend to run in families.
  • It can be a hidden disability because many people with autism are no different in appearance than anyone else.
  • People with autism can be very sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells, light or touch.
  • It is a lifelong condition but the quality of life can be greatly improved with the right care and support.  They can develop skills, explore interests, improve physical health and improve social interaction and, in many cases, can find employment.