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***(UK) NORTHERN IRELAND see 69% increase in autism in five years

Feb 15, 2019, Belfast Telegraph: Parents encouraged by autism support as latest advice clinic is rolled out in Belfast https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/parents-encouraged-by-autism-support-as-latest-advice-clinic-is-rolled-out-in-belfast-37818045.html Families in Belfast have welcomed a new scheme providing advice on caring for children with autism. A series of regular advice clinics launched by DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly is to be rolled out across the south of the city in collaboration with the Belvoir ASD Support Group. Parents Caroline and Timothy Browne said they had struggled for years to get the right support for their daughter, who is now in P6. … In May last year figures from the Department of Health showed that 8,442 school-age children were diagnosed with autism in 2017/18, representing a 69% rise over five years. …