What is Autism - Easy Read

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What is Autism?
     
Person thinking   Autism affects how a person communicates.
It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
Autism is called a ‘spectrum condition’. This means that while Autistic people may share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
     
Person in their house   Some Autistic people live independently while others may need more support.
     
Person covering thier ears   People with Autism may experience sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours in a different way to other people.
     
NHS Choices logo   To find out more about Autism you can visit the NHS website www.nhs.uk and type Autism in the Search box.
     
National Autistic Society Logo   Or go to the National Autistic Society website at www.autism.org.uk
     
National Autistic Society Logo   You can also call The National Autistic Society helpline on 0845 070 4004 (Lines are open 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday)
     
What is autism Thumbnail   The National Autistic Society have produced a video which helps to explain Autism. You can find the video here.
     
The Wiltshire Autism Diagnostic Service
     
Assessmnet taking place   The Wiltshire Autism Diagnostic Services is a small team of people who are able to provide an Autism assessment service to adults who are registered with a doctor in Wiltshire.
     
Information sign   They can help people who have been diagnosed as Autistic, to learn about their condition and to access a range of services that can help them.
     
Person talking to doctor   If you would like to use this service, you need to be referred by your GP. Your doctor will write a letter for you.