What is autism?

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Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects 1 in 100 people in the UK. It affects the way a person communicates and how they experience the world around them.

Autism is described as a spectrum condition. This means that while people with autism, including Asperger’s Syndrome, share certain characteristics, they will be highly individual in their needs and preferences. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may face additional challenges, including learning disabilities, which affect them so profoundly that they need support in many areas.

Early intervention, education and support are critical in enabling children and young people with autism to lead fulfilling lives. Our vision is to make the ordinary possible and to achieve this, society needs to accept autism as part of every day life.

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