Autism

Autism, and the related Asperger Syndrome, are part of a range of disorders that can cause difficulties with communication and social skills. The range of conditions are known as autism spectrum condition (ASC).

More than one out of every 100 people has autism. Autism is often called a 'hidden disability' because you cannot always tell that someone has autism just by looking at them. Autism lasts for all of a person's life. Some people with autism find the following things difficult:

  • they find it difficult to tell people what they need, and how they feel
  • they find it difficult to meet other people and to make new friends
  • they find it difficult to understand what other people think, and how they feel

Not everyone with autism will find these things difficult. This is because everyone with autism is different. There is a type of autism called Asperger Syndrome. People with Asperger Syndrome do not have learning disabilities but they find the same things difficult as people with autism.

Local health support is provided by Your Healthcare who can be contacted on 020 8339 8000.

Local organisations

Working Well Trust provides group and individual support to adults (18+ years) with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism to provide support and guidance with employment. You can contact Working Well Trust on 0207 143 4044 or by email at [email protected].

National organisations

National Autistic Society are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and services, and campaign for people with autism.