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Autism rates are soaring, so why are we lagging behind in getting kids the support they need?

Parents and a leading charity are pinning hopes on Stormont moving to bring NI up to speed with the rest of the world, writes Mark Bain

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DUP’s Pam Cameron. Credit; Liam McBurney

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Scott, Alana, Isla and Lincoln Patterson

Almost one in every 20 school-age children in Northern Ireland has been diagnosed with autism.

It is a startling figure — possibly the highest in the world and means that if you take every classroom, at least one child will have been diagnosed on average.


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