The Autistica Research Programme for Ageing with Autism
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Autistica Research Programme for Ageing with Autism.
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The Half Million
There are half a million adults with autism living in the UK today. Despite this there has been almost no research into how autism changes throughout adulthood, or understanding of the emotional, physical and mental health needs of adults with autism.
Autism has a huge economic impact because it lasts a lifetime and so many people are affected, often profoundly. Autism is estimated to cost the UK economy £32 billion per year, making it the single most costly medical condition. In contrast, it is currently estimated that just £4 million per year is spent on UK autism research by the government and charities combined. Only 7% of this is spent on research into adults, just 60p per adult per year.
The Autistica Research Centre for Ageing with Autism
Autistica is launching an ambitious new programme of research at Newcastle University to radically advance our understanding, diagnosis and support for this growing population.
Within five years, we will:
- Develop the best methods for diagnosing adults with autism.
- Use neuro-imaging, genetic profiling, and quality of life measures to understand how autism changes over time.
- Ensure that medical services are tailored to meet the unique needs of adults with autism.
- Develop models of best practise for social care and support.
You can help us get this vital work off the ground by donating to Autistica today. With your help, we can change the way that people grow up and grow old with autism.
You can give to Autistica in a number of ways:
- By debit, credit card or Paypal - click here
- Over the phone: 05601 183 601
To get involved in the research or find out more about the programme please call the Autistica team on 05601 183 601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up to our newsletter to learn more about our work.
Autistica works to transform the lives of children and adults with autism through groundbreaking research. We fund scientists across the UK to understand autism better, improve diagnosis and develop the best ways to support people, so that everyone with autism can fulfil their potential.