Neurologist Investigates Links Between Autism and Blindness

Neurologist Investigates Links Between Autism and Blindness

Study finds autism 30 times more common among blind people.

​As a child neurologist, Ruben Jure treats children with developmental disabilities including autism.

As director of the Centro Privado de Neurología y Neuropsicología Infanto-Juvenil Wernicke in Argentina, he writes in Spectrum News that every year he sees at least one blind child who shows the full clinical manifestations of autism.

He decided to investigate the relationship between autism and blindness, and although the study was small, he writes, “it indicated that autism is more than 30 times as common in blind people as in sighted people.”

“Other work from my team suggests this relationship is specific to vision,” he writes. “Hearing impairment is not strongly connected to autism.”

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