What is Autism?

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Smiling disabled womanAutism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives while others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

To find out more about Autism spectrum disorder click www.nhs.uk/conditions/Autistic-spectrum-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx and www.autism.org.uk/about-autism.aspx

There is an easy read version of this page available on the easy read page.

The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society helpline gives impartial, confidential information, advice and support to people with autism spectrum disorders, their families, professionals, researchers and students.

Contact them on 0845 070 4004 (Lines are open 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday) or visit the NAS website.

The National Autistic Society also produced a video helping explain autism, you can find that video here.

The Wiltshire Autism Diagnostic Service

The Wiltshire Autism Diagnostic Services is a small multidisciplinary team providing an autism spectrum condition (ASC) assessment service to adults registered with a Wiltshire GP.

The service offers a limited amount of post diagnostic support which is mainly to help people with an ASC to learn about the condition and to access a range of appropriate mainstream services.

Read more about the Wiltshire Autism Diagnostic Services.

AWP also provide a British Sign Language translation of their pages.