Age of Autism's John Stone submitted a rapid response to an article on BMJ: Social care: are the autistic dependent becoming more numerous than the aged? Read the full RR as British Medical Journal here.
Have we sounded the true depth of the problem ? Recent reports suggest not. This is from an article about parents suing the government over Special Educational Needs Funding (SEND) :
"Jenni Richards QC, for the families, told the court during a hearing on Wednesday that there was “clear and incontrovertible evidence” of a “substantial national shortfall” in funding...She said the figures showed there were 25,540 young people aged 16-25 in January 2015 with a statement or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, which had increased to 84,260 by January 2018...Government lawyers said the increase in demand was recognised by the ministers and that Mr Hinds had “made it clear” that High Needs would be one of his priorities ahead of the 2019 Spending Review."
Another report in the Independent states :
"Analysis from the National Education Union this week revealed that more than 8,000 young people with SEND are awaiting provision for a school place."