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 Post subject: An Asperger map of Britain
Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:29 am 
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Are people with AS spread out reasonably consistently throughout the UK or are they concentrated into a handful of areas?


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     Post subject: Re: An Asperger map of Britain
    Post Number:#2  PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 1:24 pm 
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    An Asperger hotspots map website is something I've been considering for the past couple of years but I haven't got round to coding it due to other ongoing projects. Something I'm wondering is whether the hotspots for AS kids correlates strongly with the hotspots for adults.


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       Post subject: Re: An Asperger map of Britain
      Post Number:#3  PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 11:38 am 
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      I suspect that a significant proportion of adults move to where jobs are. This could result in concentrations of adults in areas with a with attractive industries such as software development or scientific research alongside vast areas of the country with very few adults with AS due to lack of attractive employment prospects. I'm starting to think about the best way of collecting the data.


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         Post subject: Re: An Asperger map of Britain
        Post Number:#4  PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 11:25 pm 
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        Are some areas of the country definitely better (or worse) than others in terms of getting the right support in the workplace? Is there any way of finding out? Obviously Skipton fell into the latter category but what about everywhere else?


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           Post subject: Re: An Asperger map of Britain
          Post Number:#5  PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 1:18 pm 
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          Aeolienne wrote:
          Are some areas of the country definitely better (or worse) than others in terms of getting the right support in the workplace? Is there any way of finding out? Obviously Skipton fell into the latter category but what about everywhere else?


          The data we have amassed over the past few years shows a picture that some parts of the country are better than others when it comes to local support services for adults with AS. Even in the better areas the levels of support and services still fall short of the demand from individuals. There is still far too much emphasis on support services for children (or more precisely, children who attend state schools) and adults continue to be left out of the picture.

          There are a few pointers that demand for services for adults is actually greater in many medium sized towns rather than the bigger cities and conurbations but I don't think there's enough available information to reach a conclusion.


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             Post subject: Re: An Asperger map of Britain
            Post Number:#6  PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:32 pm 
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            Does anyone know anything about what support services as exist in Cambridge?


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               Post subject: Re: An Asperger map of Britain
              Post Number:#7  PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:33 pm 
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              Are Autism Spectrum Conditions More Prevalent in an Information-Technology Region? A School-Based Study of Three Regions in the Netherlands

              There are reasons for expecting that ASC may be more common in populations enriched for systemizing. ‘Systemizing’ is the drive to analyse how systems work, and to predict, control and build systems. These skills are required in disciplines such as engineering, physics, computing and mathematics. Evidence for a familial association between a talent for systemizing and autism includes the following: Fathers and grandfathers of children with ASC are over-represented in the field of engineering. A recent study suggested that mothers of children with autism may be more likely than those of controls to work in highly technical occupations. ASC is more common in the siblings of mathematics students.

              To investigate this theory we tested if ASC was more prevalent in the information technology (IT) region of Eindhoven. This region contains the Eindhoven University of Technology, as well as the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, where IT and technology companies such as Philips, ASML, IBM and ATOS Origin are based. The Philips factory has been in Eindhoven since 1891. Since then, the region has attracted businesses in IT and technology. The growth of the High Tech Campus Eindhoven has led to Eindhoven becoming a major technology and industrial hub: 30% of jobs in Eindhoven are now in technology or ICT, in Haarlem and Utrecht this is, respectively, 16 and 17%. Media reports have raised concerns about an apparently higher prevalence of ASC in Eindhoven, but this has never been scientifically tested.

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                 Post subject: Re: An Asperger map of Britain
                Post Number:#8  PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:21 am 
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                Nice find Aneez.

                I was expecting ASD to be rare in communities dominated by well to do retired people such as Maiden Newton in Dorset and certain picturesque villages in Devon and the Lake District. Now I am wondering if ASD are rare in economically depressed former industrial towns like Tipton and Barnsley. Could it also be rare in several new towns with their populations skewed towards the (chavish?) working class combined with a lower than average proportion of people who work in technical or knowledge intensive fields?


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                   Post subject: Re: An Asperger map of Britain
                  Post Number:#9  PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:43 am 
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                  Reseda wrote:
                  Now I am wondering if ASD are rare in economically depressed former industrial towns like Tipton and Barnsley. Could it also be rare in several new towns with their populations skewed towards the (chavish?) working class combined with a lower than average proportion of people who work in technical or knowledge intensive fields?


                  There is probably some truth that adults with AS were scarce in economically depressed former industrial towns and some of the new towns about 10 years ago. Rising house prices since then have resulted in professional and educated people being forced to live in what were less desirable areas traditionally populated by the less educated lower classes because they were no longer able to afford property in more middle class areas. I once encountered a resident of Tipton with AS who worked in Birmingham. He wasn't native to the town and lived there because house prices were lower than in all but the worst parts of Birmingham.


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                     Post subject: Re: An Asperger map of Britain
                    Post Number:#10  PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:02 am 
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                    Time to get coding the Asperger hotspots map. I'm thinking of basing it on the map that appearing showing the BNP hotspots after the membership list was leaked.


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