Socially disadvantaged British children of ethnic minorities are more likely to experience autism, a new study reveals

Socially disadvantaged British children of ethnic minorities are more likely to experience autism, a new study reveals.

According to University of Cambridge researchers, 1.76 per cent of children in the UK, or around one in 57, are on the autistic spectrum.

But black and Chinese pupils are 26 per cent and 38 per cent more likely to be autistic, respectively, compared to white children, they say. 

Pupils with a record of autism in schools were 60 per cent more likely to also be socially disadvantaged, and 36 per cent less likely to speak English than white children.

will taking cbd oil affect the kidneys or red blood cell counnt new figures are based on data from 7,047,301 pupils aged between 2 to 21 years in state funded education in England. 

They come ahead of World Autism Awareness Day, which falls this Friday, April 2.  

In the largest autism prevalence study to date, researchers report a national English autism prevalence of 1.76 per cent, with marked differences according to ethnic group (stock image)

In the largest autism prevalence study to date, researchers report a national English autism prevalence of 1.76 per cent, with marked differences according to ethnic group (stock image)

In the largest autism prevalence study to date, researchers report a national English autism prevalence of 1.76 per cent, with marked differences according to ethnic group (stock image)

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