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5100Autistic people without a learning disability have a nine times higher than average premature mortality rate, with suicide a principal cause.

Article by  Susan Dunne at The Guardian

As an autistic person, I am part of a group which has a significantly higher risk of suicide than the general population. This is what I discovered recently, when the charity Autistica released its report into premature mortality. It makes disturbing reading for anyone with a connection to autism.

The report, Personal Tragedies, Public Crisis (pdf), draws on the findings of the largest study of its kind into premature mortality in autism conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Published at the close of 2015, it revealed autistic people without a learning disability had a nine times higher than average premature mortality rate, with suicide a principal cause. Read the full article  from The Guardian read more