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What is autism?

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people.

Autism is sometimes called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autism Spectrum Condition. It is a lifelong developmental disability. It is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'.

It affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people, and how they experience the world around them. Some people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

A spectrum condition

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways.

Challenges for people with autism

There are four main areas of difficulty for someone with autism.

  1. Social communication
  2. Social interaction
  3. Social imagination
  4. Sensory sensitivity


External links to National Autism Society

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