What is Autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition. 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)

Autism Advice

Our helpline enquiry service provides confidential information for autistic people, their families and carers.

Autism Training Courses for Parents and Carers

Training Courses which can support you or your family.

Behaviour

Our Autism Advice Service can help you with:

Benefits

Our Autism Advice Service can help you with:

Diagnosis

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

Education

Our Autism Advice Service can help you with considering:

Employment

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

Health

Our Autism Advice Service can help you with:

Hospital and Care Passport

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

Learning to Drive

Finding a Driving Instructor

Parent and Carer Support Groups

Support for Parents and Carers

Sensory Perception

Basic guidance around calming and alerting senses

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.

Youth Clubs and Support Groups

There are local support services, groups and organisations which can support you or your family. 

Autism Wessex is registered in England & Wales under charity number 1000792 at Charity Hub, Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BP. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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