Autism itself does not directly affect how long we live. Nor does being left-handed or red-haired, despite myths from last century.
And yet autistics fall well short of “three score and ten” on average in every single study:
— 36 said the USA/CDC Large Study
— 39 said the Australian Govt epidemiologists
—54.5 said the Swedish Large Study by the Karolinska Institut
—— (but 39 for those autistics with cognitive disabilities)
and autistics are…
— 5.6 times more likely to die between age 0 and 22 said Gilberg (Springer US)
— 4.9 times the typical mortality risk (female) and 1.7 times (male) said Shavelle (CDC)
— 1.9 times the mortality risk said Mouridsen (Denmark)
— 9.9 times more likely to die very early said Bilder (UCLA).
[ I know, gloomy reading, but nothing will change without knowing, without then somehow finding out why, without doing something about it. ]
Name something, anything, we should or could do about it?
Can you name something others need to be doing? Who?
Maybe estimate what you think the impact might be on those tragic numbers through the change(s) you suggest?
I’m autistic. I just turned 36 — the average age when people like me die.
The stress of living with autism is exhausting.