More money needed for autism research, expert says

More money needed for autism research, expert says

More money needs to go into autism research, according to one expert, which would potentially help many using respite care.

Jolanta Lasota, chief executive of Ambitious about Autism, said that autism is gradually becoming more understood through scientific research.

She said that money for further research is "urgently required", as is investment in the families of children with the condition.

"Over 80 per cent of carers of a person with autism are unable to secure full time employment due to lack of services, which places many close to or below the poverty line," she continued.

Meanwhile, new research published in journal Pediatrics has uncovered that 19 per cent of younger siblings of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) developed the condition - significantly higher than that of the general population.

Additionally, if there were two children with ASD in the family, the chance of the third sibling developing it rose to more than 32 per cent.

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