The Audit of Services for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Statistical Report (2004) suggests that there are 561 children with a diagnosed ASD in the Lanarkshire Health Board area and only 37 adults. A total of 598 people.
The Real Picture
The NAS estimates that around 1 in 110 people in the general population have an ASD.
Population data from the 2001 census tells us that there are 623,283 people in South and North Lanarkshire, ie the Lanarkshire Health Board area.
That’s 302,216 people in South Lanarkshire and 321,067 in North Lanarkshire.
Therefore, the incidence of ASD in Lanarkshire Health Board area could be as high as 5,670.
That’s 2,750 in the South and 2,920 in the North.
Lanarkshire Health Board Breakdown
There are an estimated 1,240 children of school age in Lanarkshire with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
There are an estimated 3,475 people in the working population with autism and Asperger syndrome.
A further estimated 955 people of retirement age and over have an ASD.
South Lanarkshire Breakdown
There are an estimated 600 children of school age in South Lanarkshire with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, 1600 people in the working population, and a further estimated 550 people with an ASD are of retirement age.