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What is Autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder. This means that the development of the brain and wider nervous system in people with autism differs from typical neurodevelopment.

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“I am not 'autistic'. I am first, foremost and always a person, a child; and then an adult, and I have autism. Do not confuse me with my condition. And please do not use the term in a negative or inconsiderate way. I deserve to be respected.”

(Autism Spectrum Disorders: Ten tips to support me. Joaquin Fuentes, MD)

Behaviour

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Benefits and Finance

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Diagnosis

Children can be diagnosed as having autism when they’re quite young, in some cases from the age of two.

Education

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Employment

Some people with autism might need help with applying for and retaining employment.

Health

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Hospital and Care Passport

 Being prepared for a hospital visit or emergency can make a real difference to the care you receive.

Housing

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What is autism?

Autism is a range of conditions classified as neurodevelopmental disorders. This means that the development of the brain and wider nervous system in people with autism differs from typical neurodevelopment.

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