About autism

Autism is a life-long condition that affects the way a person perceives and relates to the world.

There is no cure for autism but there are many things that can make those with a diagnosis have a better and happier life. Autism is often known as ASC (autism spectrum condition) or ASD (autism spectrum disorder).

Asperger’s Syndrome is also known as ‘High Functioning Autism’ and sometimes people with autism and complex needs are known as having ‘High Need Autism’ or as ‘Lower Functioning’. These terms are often used in a general way and may mean very different things to different people.

Everyone with autism is different and autism affects people to widely varying degrees and in many different ways, which is why it is described as a spectrum. Some people with autism may also have other associated conditions such as a learning difficulty, ADHD or mental health problems.

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