Largest survey to date reveals
group of autistic people at
particular risk of
being misunderstood

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  • 70% aren’t in school or regularly
    struggle to attend
  • 49% of young people have a diagnosis that includes mention of a PDA profile
  • Conventional ASD approaches hinder
    rather than help

“These stark statistics show how much this group is being completely misunderstood, resulting in extremely poor outcomes. This is school refusal at much higher levels than you would expect to see in the ASD population as a whole.”

Sally Russell, OBE

The PDA Society is calling for:

  • local leaders to adopt a position statement on the PDA profile
  • practitioners to ensure "needs-based and outcomes-focused" becomes the norm and not the exception for this group
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