For those unfamiliar with the phrase it literally means that depending on where you live you may get good/bad/awful/no services. This is, as Hornby states, a national scandal. I’m aware of a location a couple of postcodes away from me in Stoke-on-Trent where the local health authority even go so far as to dissuade GP’s from making referrals to local CDC’s (Child Development Centers). Stoke has a reputation within the UK as being one of the worst, most violent and poor areas in the UK and I guess the local authorities see their financial priorities as being elsewhere.
Just to illustrate that, here’s a comparison of the West Midlands region of the UK according to NAS. Stoke – a large city – gets 27 known resources. Birmingham, also a large city less than 50 miles away gets 109.
And when we drill down deeper we find that Stoke has just one resource for assessment/diagnosis, compared to Birmingham that has four. No surprise autistic people and their families in Stoke struggle.
is a crazy situation – how are we ever supposed to get a firm fix on
prevalence and/or incidence of autism aside from anything else?
Something needs to change in the UK and soon.
Can autism be cured or managed? See the Opposing Views debate.