Many families and autistic individuals have raised concerns over early deaths in autistic people. Ground-breaking new research now confirms the true scale of the mortality crisis in autism: autistic people die on average 16 years earlier than the general population. For those with autism and learning disabilities, the outlook is even more appalling, with this group dying more than 30 years before their time.
British association Autistica highlights in its report ‘Personal tragedies, public crisis. The urgent need for a national response to early death in autism’ the true scale of the hidden mortality crisis in autism.