|Related to/Also known as||Asperger's Syndrome|
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability, which affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them.
People with autism have difficulties with everyday social interaction, with social communication (including not understanding facial expressions and tone of voice), and with imagination. This triad of impairments can occur by itself, but is often accompanied by other developmental disorders and learning disabilities.
|Useful national contacts||The National Autistic Society
Helpline: 0808 800 4104
Ambitious About Autism (for children and young people with autism)
Tel. 020 8815 5444
FACT (Families of Autistic Children Together)
Help and Advice line: 0808 808 9090
Autism Assistance Dogs
Tel. 01259 720 044
Autism Northern Ireland
Tel. 028 9040 1729
Tel: 02920 463 263
|News and Events
||'Autism and vaccines - there is no connection' (Autism Action, 15th February 2017)
|Online resources||Talk About Autism (online discussion forum for children and young people)
Your Community (National Autistic Society online discussion forum)
MediKidz explain Autism
Autism Spectrum disorders including Asperger's syndrome (Contact a Family website)
Visit our library to read Can I tell you about autism? A guide for friends, family and professionals by J. Welton and J. Telford. Or have a look in your local library for this book.