YOUNG LIFE AND TIMES (YLT) SURVEY
Recently the Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) Survey established that autism awareness in the general population in Northern Ireland is 81% and that 51% of the sample of n=1204 participants knew someone with autism personally (Dillenburger, Jordan, & McKerr, 2013; 2014). The KLT and YLT surveys were conducted to establish autism awareness, attitudes and knowledge for 11-year-olds and 16-year-olds (respectively).
Kids Life and Times (KLT) and Young Life and Times (YLT) surveys were launched. This is the first time that module dedicated to awareness, knowledge, and attitudes towards autism was included in these surveys. Prof Karola Dillenburger presented the key findings, that showed that 80% of 16 year-olds and 50% of 11 year-olds were aware of autism and 2.7% of the younger children and 3.1 of the young people self-declared as having autism. This confirmed findings from the secondary data analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study that found that parents of 3.5% of 11 year-olds were told that their child has autism. Download Research update here.
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