What is autism?
Autism Spectrum Condition is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with it. For some it can result in a severe learning disability and complex social, communication and sensory needs. Whilst some people require lifelong care others are able to live fully independently with qualifications and successful careers, as well as a family.
Some people with autism also have other diagnoses such as ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety to name but a few. More than 1 in 100 people are thought to be on the autism spectrum, with an estimated 700,000 people diagnosed in the UK.
With the right support and understanding, people with autism can live full and successful lives, and although there is no cure, people can learn to cope and interact with their surroundings and be an integral member of their local community.