What is the level of need in the population?
By applying the 1% national prevalence estimate to Hartlepool’s population, one would expect to find about 920 people with an autistic spectrum disorder. This might include approximately 220 children and 700 adults.
Hartlepool’s Autism self-assessment 2011 identified 134 Adults with autism (including Asperger syndrome).
The Department for Education’s analysis of children with special educational needs (2015) found 64 primary school children and 50 secondary school children in Hartlepool with ASDs attending state-funded schools with a statement of special educational needs or at ‘school action plus’. An additional 31 children with ASDs attended special schools.