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Autism/ASD/The Autistic Spectrum

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. The condition can present in a number of different ways and this is often referred to as the Autistic Spectrum.

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are Autistic, you are Autistic for life; Autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’, but with the right help and provision children on the Autistic Spectrum can enjoy a full and happy life, no different from any child. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a ‘spectrum condition’. Children are often diagnosed as being on The Autistic Spectrum depending on their particular disabilities and areas of need. All Autistic people share certain difficulties, but being Autistic will affect them in different ways. Some Autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the Autism Spectrum learn and develop well when given the right support and provision and with the right sort of support and provision, all can be assisted to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

Information provided by The National Autism Society. To learn more, visit their website here.