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New study estimates autism prevalence among adults with learning disability

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Adults with a more severe learning disability also have a greater likelihood of having autism according to today's report; Estimating the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Conditions in Adults: Extending the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey.

The report combines data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) 2007 with findings from a new study based on a sample of people with learning disabilities living in private households and communal care establishments. It aims to; estimate the prevalence of autism in England, furthering previous research that suggests people with learning disabilities are more likely to have autism; and address the fact that the APMS did not include people with severe learning disabilities.