School survey in India reveals low autism prevalence

Roughly 23 of every 10,000 children in India have autism, according to the first rigorous estimate of the country’s autism prevalence.

This rate, about 0.23 percent, is far less than the 1.47 percent in the United States.

“The received wisdom is one percent of the world’s population has autism,” says lead researcher Bhismadev Chakrabarti, research director of the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. The new finding, he says, challenges that notion: “We should not think that the one percent figure is really universal and has no cultural variability.”

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12th July 2017