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Are You Autistic?

1 x 1 hr

Demystifying one of the world's most misunderstood neurological disorders

Autism cases are at an all-time high in the UK – with one in every hundred people thought to have autism. But experts now think the true number may actually be much higher with the situation at ‘crisis point’. A ‘lost generation’ of thousands of adults could be going through life without a diagnosis, missed by a system struggling to understand the condition.

In this one-hour special, Anna Richardson and campaigners Georgia Harper and Sam Ahern, who both have autism, set out to uncover the true face of autism in the UK today. Working closely with charities, experts, and people with autism from across the spectrum, the show challenges what we think we know about autism.

In a unique experiment, a team of world leading experts have agreed to adapt their groundbreaking research exclusively for the programme and test two adults who think they are part of the lost generation and in need of a diagnosis. 

Also, in one of the largest ever studies of its kind, the show teams up with renowned autism expert Prof Simon Baron Cohen and the University of Cambridge for an online study of over three quarters of a million people to measure how autistic traits are spread across the population.

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