Autistic spectrum condition (ASC) and autism are both general terms for 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.
A spectrum condition 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 difficulties and need specialist support. People with autism may also experience over or under sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours .
Some people live with autism for their entire life without ever getting a formal diagnosis. Often this is simply because autism was not widely known or understood when they were growing up. For adults, a diagnosis of autism can help to explain why they have always found certain things difficult. For children, it can mean that the right support is put in place from an early age.
For more information please visit the National Autistic Society website.
A ‘Think Autism’ booklet has been produced which gives information about autism and the support available to people with autism who live in South Gloucestershire. You can find the booklet under ‘downloads’ on this page.Is there anything wrong with this page?