France has a problem with autism.
The country’s highest administrative court estimates that there are 700,000 autistic people in France.
- Richard Bates
- The Conversation
However, only 75,000 are diagnosed.
Autistic children have historically been diagnosed later in France than in neighbouring countries.
Many French autists are confined to day hospitals and live-in institutions, isolated from the community and frequently unable to communicate through speech – whereas in the US, for example, public schools are required by law to fully include autistic children in mainstream…