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Autism and Epilepsy: Laying out the evidence (Snapshot)

People who are autistic and have epilepsy face some of the starkest inequalities in the world. We know that worldwide approximately 8.4 million people have both conditions. On average, they have poorer quality of life, poor health and can die early. We’ve known this for years, but a lack of evidence-based strategic action has blocked progress. 

Rates of co-occurring epilepsy in autistic people are much higher than in the general population. Knowledge of factors contributing to the co-occurrence of both conditions can enable health, educational, mental health and neurodisability services to more effectively identify and support autistic people with epilepsy as well as their families.

Despite sharing some common mechanisms, autism and epilepsy remain virtually unstudied in combination