- Written by Ruth
- Hits: 275
According to 2011 UK census figures, AutismSpectrumDis- order (ASD) affects 547,000 people over the age of 18 (1.3%ofworking age adults). These adults encounter serious difficulties in their everyday life, particularly in securing and maintaining employment. The unemployment rate among adults with ASD is higher than 85%, which is nearly double the unemployment rate of 48% for the wider disabled population and compares to the UK unemployment rate of 5.5%. One reason for this is that people with ASD struggle to correctly interpret social signals, i.e., the expressive behavioural cues through which people manifest what they feel or think (facial expressions, vocalisations, gestures, etc.).