Documents to download

On 18 December 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 62/139, which designated 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day. The resolution invites all member states to observe World Autism Awareness Day in order to raise public awareness of autism.

Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is the name for a range of conditions (including Asperger syndrome), which affect a person’s social interaction and communication. It is a lifelong development condition which can present itself in a spectrum of behaviours, including: difficulty with communication and social skills; repetitive behaviour; highly focused interests; and sensory sensitivity. It is estimated that globally 1 in 160 children have autism and that in the UK the condition affects approximately 1 percent of the population.

This Briefing summarises the condition, its prevalence in the UK, Government policy on the subject since 2010, and recent developments.

Documents to download

Related posts

  • Higher education: Contribution to the economy and levelling up

    The economic output of the UK higher education sector is estimated to be at least £116bn and graduates often experience better employment outcomes than non-graduates. Improving skills features in the government’s levelling up strategy and ministers have said that higher education institutions play a vital part in supporting regional economies. However, some stakeholders have criticised the government’s plans to restrict access to certain higher education courses and for not putting enough emphasis on the benefits provided by the sector.

    Higher education: Contribution to the economy and levelling up
  • Anaesthesia associates and physician associates

    The government is planning to legislate to bring physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) under the regulation of the General Medical Council (GMC). Although there is support for regulating these roles, there are concerns that patients do not always understand that PAs and AAs are not doctors. A House of Lords committee has also highlighted that the legislation would allow the GMC to set and change rules without parliamentary oversight.

    Anaesthesia associates and physician associates