IT-rich areas 'have more autism diagnoses'

IT-rich areas 'have more autism diagnoses'

Autism is more commonly diagnosed in regions which are IT-rich, research has shown, suggesting that people in these areas could be more likely to seek respite care for the condition.

Researchers in the Cambridge University study has hypothesised that populations enriched for 'systemising', which is the desire to analyse how systems work, would have a higher incidence of individuals with autistic spectrum conditions.

Results, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, showed that diagnoses of autism are more common in these technology-heavy communities.

"These results are in line with the idea that in regions where parents gravitate towards jobs that involve strong 'systemizing', such as the IT sector, there will be a higher rate of autism among their children, because the genes for autism may be expressed in first degree relatives as a talent in systemizing," said Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the university.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh is to host the UK's first autism gala day, reports the Scotsman.

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