What is Autism?
Autism 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 but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and may need a lifetime of specialist support. People with Autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language. Source: National Autistic Society
Autism is also referred to as an:
- Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The Autism Act 2009 committed the Government to publishing an adult Autism strategy to transform services for adults with Autism. Fulfilling and rewarding lives: the strategy for adults with Autism in England sets out a number of key actions and recommendations for central Government as well as for local authorities, the NHS and Jobcentre.