COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Autism report finds sufferers still slip through the system

The National Autistic Society has unveiled a report which reveals that people with autism are still failing to access their entitled support and benefits.

The report, which coincides with this week's Autism Awareness Week, found that people with autism and Asperger Syndrome are falling through the system.

They neither conform to current models of thinking about disability nor do they fit the eligibility criterion used to measure the support needs of people with disabilities and their families.

Thirty-six per cent of carers admit they don't understand the benefits system and 64 per cent of claimants have experienced problems filling in the forms.

Report co-author Steve Broach said people with autism spectrum disorders are doubly excluded: firstly by their social and communications impairments and then because support services are not equipped to meet their needs.

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