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The economic and social cost of autism

The economic and social cost of autism

Type of text : Opinion
Type of referral : Parliamentary referral
Working group : Section for Social Affairs and Health

Rapporteur(s) :

Christel PRADO
Group of associations
Date adopted : 09/10/2012 | Period : 2010-2015

Autism is classed as one or more Pervasive Developmental Disorder(s) (PDD) which affects the individual in terms of verbal and/or non-verbal communication, social interaction, and which is characterised by restricted and stereotyped focuses of interest.
The improvements in identification, the diagnostic criteria and the changes to the international classification have all contributed to a significant rise in the prevalence rate of the condition.
Today it affects one birth in every 150, which makes it a genuine public health concern.