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Study suggests autistic people at greater risk of being homeless

A new study published in Autism journal suggests there could be a significant number of autistic adults who are homeless, the Conversation reports. Researchers found that 12.3% of homeless people they screened had traits of autism in line with a diagnostic criteria, whereas the prevalence of autism in the general population is 1%. 

The authors of the study suggest that autistic homeless people need tailored support and give the example of a man who had been homeless for 45 years. He was able to maintain his accommodation after specific interventions took into account his autism by offering him a room in a smaller, quieter hostel and by not insisting that he attended extended meetings and assessments. 

Sarah Lambert, Head of Policy at the National Autistic Society says: "we now need further research to investigate this link, and to develop the right support for homeless autistic people and to prevent those at risk from falling into homelessness in the first place.”

Date added: 13 June 2018