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Females with autism: what it’s like to live with Greta Thunberg’s ‘superpower’ – Sunday Times
Autism has previously been thought of as a male condition, but researchers now believe that as many as a quarter of the people living with this complex disorder may be female.
While various studies, together with anecdotal evidence, have put the ratio of autistic males to females anywhere from 2:1 to 16:1, the National Autistic Society now believes that a quarter of the estimated 700,000 people living with autism in the UK, diagnosed or undiagnosed, may be female.
Yet the society’s
research shows that only 20% of girls like Thunberg with Asperger syndrome — or
so-called “high-functioning” autism — are diagnosed by the age of 11, compared
with half of males.