Related to: Learning Disabilities, Ill Health and Disability, Carers, Education Attainment, Mental Health and Illness, Children and Young People

Key Facts

  • The estimated prevalence of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Bath and North East Somerset was 1,419 in 2014 and it is estimated that this will rise to around 1,550 by 2030.
  • According to the Department of Education in 2014 in Bath and North East Somerset 0.97% of primary, secondary and special school pupils were identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

What the does the data say? 1 2

The estimated prevalence of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Bath and North East Somerset was 1,419 in 2014 and it is estimated that this will rise to around 1,550 by 2030, an increase of 9.2%. 

The increased prevalence of psychiatric disorders is particularly marked for people with autism. 

In Bath & North East Somerset in April 2011 there were 40 people with learning disabilities who also had autism and were in touch with local learning disabilities services.  A further 14 people with autism were in touch with specialist mental health services locally.

Children and Young People

According to the Department of Education in 2014 in Bath and North East Somerset 0.97% of primary, secondary and special school pupils were identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is similar to England (0.91%), but significantly higher than the South West (0.83%). 3

Local data however suggests that the percentages are considerably greater than those outlined by the Department of Education. Local data states that in 2013 the percentage of school children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Bath & North East Somerset was 8%, higher than the regional average and in the second highest quintile nationally (6% nationally). 4

In April 2011 80 young people (aged 14-19) with autism in Bath and North East Somerset were identified by local children’s and education services.5

For more information about ASD see NHS Choices, NIMH, Autistica.