Over the past 30 years, the number of reported cases of ASD has increased rapidly wherever it has been monitored. Parent organizations are advocating in many national governments across the EU for better services. It is expected that over the next few years, the increase in political pressure will oblige governments to respond appropriately to this demand. The lack of mechanisms to obtain consistent and reliable information about ASD trends at the European level could be an important obstacle to an appropriate response.
The acknowledgment that ASD is an emerging public health issue by the United Nations and the WHO demands an immediate and organized response. To achieve the goals of increased awareness, early detection and intervention and better quality of life for people with ASD through their lifespan requires a coordinated approach. This approach should promote the delivery of immediate, tangible benefits to individuals with ASD and their families, while continuing to support broader systemic changes to enable sustainable solutions for the community.