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3.5. State the prevalence of autism in the UK.

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According to the National Autistic Society, more than 1 in 100 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum.

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With the current population of the UK being 67.7 million, this means that there are at least 670,000 individuals with autism.

A 2017 study calculated that boys are three times more likely to receive a diagnosis for autism than girls. The study notes that “There appears to be a diagnostic gender bias, meaning that girls who meet criteria for ASD are at disproportionate risk of not receiving a clinical diagnosis”.

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