A new strategy is needed to tackle the world's "autism epidemic" through improved treatment and care. This is the opinion of Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organisation. Although commenting specifically about the US, the condition is also prevalent in Britain. Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks, said, "We have an epidemic on our hands. The costs are staggering and will continue to rise as prevalence continues to increase." Early diagnosis and intervention are vital in patients with autism, thus investment in research is vital to help scientists better identify the point at which autism becomes evident and how best it can be managed. According to Autism Speaks, an action plan to tackle autism nationally should also include a commitment to a strategy where every child with autism is diagnosed by no later than 18 months of age and the recruitment of more therapists and professionals to manage the condition. In Britain it is estimated by Autism Independent UK that low functioning autism occurs in five people per 10,000, while autism within the continuum is prevalent in 18 per 10,000. However, no central register currently exists for the condition. Find out about Barchester's support for adults and children with a wide range of Autistic spectrum conditions.