What is Autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects the way a person communicates, and relates to, people and the world around them. They may encounter difficulties with everyday living, social interaction and may have additional complex learning, behavioural and mental health needs. They may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smell, light or colours.
Autism is a lifelong condition, meaning that there is no ‘cure’ – a lot of people view being on the spectrum as a fundamental part of their identity. Autism is also a hidden condition, meaning that you cannot tell whether somebody has autism just by looking at someone. Around 1 in 100 people have autism in the UK.
Autism is often described as a spectrum condition. This means that while all individuals may share certain difficulties, having autism will affect them in different ways and the level of support that each person needs will be different.
Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is a form of high-functioning autism. Although people with AS are of average or above average intelligence, they may have difficulty with social understanding and relating to other people. People with AS can have very specific interests and therefore they can learn a lot about certain subjects.
You can learn more about autism by visiting the useful links below.
Please note we cannot endorse any content on the below or any external websites. The resources below have been detailed here as at the time of writing we thought they would be useful for anyone looking to raise their understanding of autism.
NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY
A charity aiming to increase understanding and awareness of autism and ensure people with autism live the lives they choose. The website is a fantastic and up to date resource.
NHS LIVING WITH AUTISM
The NHS Living with Autism resource includes information on lots of different topics such as diagnosis for children and adults, transitions, autism related support and real life case studies.
Autism Links is dedicated to making those helpful and sometimes vital links, it covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place.
THE AUTISM DIRECTORY
A comprehensive list of services and organisations that are able to provide different types of support for people with autism and their families.