Reports on the prevalence of autism in Ireland and a review of the services for people with autism
The Minister for Health Simon Harris has published two reports on the prevalence of autism in Ireland and a review of the services for people with autism.
“Estimating prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Irish Population: A review of data sources and epidemiological studies” is a research report produced by the Department of Health. This study was requested to support the direction of future policy decisions and autism proof our health services. The paper describes the complexity of the changing classification of autism over many decades and developments in relation to screening and diagnostic instruments for autism.
“Review of the Irish Health Services for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders” is a HSE review of current services for autistic people.The review identifies key priorities for implementation by HSE including;
• The establishment of a Programme Board tasked with implementing the recommendations in the report,
• Development of a Programme of Awareness Raising and
• Guidance to clinicians and Service Development.