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21 Jul 2014, 1:47 pm

Are we really in a small minority compared to the general population?



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21 Jul 2014, 1:52 pm

No.


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21 Jul 2014, 1:52 pm

I don't know. I think I'm pretty medium well. :p Actually I wonder how rare we can possible be. Everyone I know or meet knows someone on the Spectrum.


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21 Jul 2014, 1:55 pm

I'd say so, there are a lot more people without autism than with autism.


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21 Jul 2014, 1:58 pm

maybe not, but it sure feels like it.


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21 Jul 2014, 2:10 pm

Before the LGBT civil rights activism, look how hard it was for lesbian and gay persons to meet each other. And gay men are maybe 10% of the population, maybe 8% according to some studies, and lesbian women are a somewhat lower percentage.

Well, we as people on the Asperger's-Autism Spectrum are 1 out of 88, and more recently I've heard 1 out of 55. So yeah, it's hard to meet other people on the Spectrum and no guarantee we'll be friends once we do meet. I think it helps to include Spectrum-friendly people in my potential friend set.



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21 Jul 2014, 3:17 pm

I never understand how we are the 1% of the population, unless I'm just bad at percentages. I know conditions and diseases that are rarer than ASDs and they still have a higher percentage, like 11% of the population or something.


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21 Jul 2014, 3:21 pm

Joe90 wrote:
I never understand how we are the 1% of the population, unless I'm just bad at percentages. I know conditions and diseases that are rarer than ASDs and they still have a higher percentage, like 11% of the population or something.


If they have a higher percentage, they are not rarer.



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21 Jul 2014, 3:37 pm

Adamantium wrote:
Joe90 wrote:
I never understand how we are the 1% of the population, unless I'm just bad at percentages. I know conditions and diseases that are rarer than ASDs and they still have a higher percentage, like 11% of the population or something.


If they have a higher percentage, they are not rarer.


That is exactly my point. If anything was more rare than Autism, what percentage would that be? I thought the percentage of Autism would be higher than 1%.


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21 Jul 2014, 4:18 pm

Joe90 wrote:
Adamantium wrote:
Joe90 wrote:
I never understand how we are the 1% of the population, unless I'm just bad at percentages. I know conditions and diseases that are rarer than ASDs and they still have a higher percentage, like 11% of the population or something.


If they have a higher percentage, they are not rarer.


That is exactly my point. If anything was more rare than Autism, what percentage would that be? I thought the percentage of Autism would be higher than 1%.


Some studies estimate the incidence of Capgras Syndrome at 0.12%, less than 1/10 the rate of autism at 1.0% (or higher).



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21 Jul 2014, 5:23 pm

The reported incidence of the diagnosis of ASD's is getting closer to 2 percent (1 in 65, I believe, as of 2014). It was 1 in 88 last year; 1 in 100-something the year before.

At this rate, in about 10 years or so, everybody will have an ASD LOL.

Autism of the Kanner type is rather rare. People on the Spectrum: not as rare as we think.



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21 Jul 2014, 6:18 pm

No I think NT's will always be around LOL.
Unless NT's "evolve" into aspies I don't see it happening.

I do have a co-morbid condition which is super rare. In fact, these estimates are probably too low, but the lowest estimate is that this co-morbid condition is .001%. I must be lucky.



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21 Jul 2014, 7:17 pm

I was impressed when i saw so many people from the spectrum here on WP.
I felt even more impressed when i discovered that some people are worried that autism is becoming a "trend" nowadays because here on Brazil i've never met a single autistic on my entire life (not that i know). Even to talk about it with people is hard because almost no one know what autism really is.



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21 Jul 2014, 7:46 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:

Autism of the Kanner type is rather rare. People on the Spectrum: not as rare as we think.


Even "Kanner autism" is relatively common (if you mean the condition also know as "Early Infantile Autism" and "Autistic Disorder") - if anything, it is Asperger that is (or was) the "rare" type of autism (according to some articles, AS was only 10% of the total diagnosis of ASD, meaning that its prevalence was probably close to 0.1% of population)



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21 Jul 2014, 8:08 pm

I read that it is believed that 1 in 88 kids are one the spectrum. So I imagine 1 in 88 adults are too, whether diagnosed or not.



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21 Jul 2014, 8:14 pm

In many studies, prevalence rates vary widely.

From personal observation, I wouldn't be surprised if Asperger's Syndrome is actually more common than Kanner/classic autism.