The UK’s failure to base support for autistic people on the best available evidence comes at an unacceptable human and unsustainable financial cost. The challenges are exacerbated by the limited investment in research to fill the many gaps in that evidence. Implementing practices of proven value and increasing investment in research will improve outcomes for autistic people with less waste of scarce resources.
These are the main conclusions of our report, the most comprehensive on current autism practice ever undertaken in the UK. The report is endorsed by leading charities and experts in the field, and calls for more to be done to shape policy and improve practice in autism.
The title of the report, The Autism Dividend: Reaping the Rewards of Better Investment, encapsulates our view that concerted action to address this failure (as set out in a series of policy and research recommendations) will result in better outcomes for autistic people, and in a more cost-effective way.