|Related to/Also known as||Asperger's Syndrome|
|Symptoms of Autism||
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
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
|Children and young people||FACT (Families of Autistic Children Together)
Parents and carers (National Autistic Society)
Family support (National Autistic Society)
Ambitious About Autism (for children and young people with autism)
|News and Events||'Media speculation about US President's views on autism' (National Autistic Society, February 2017)
'Vaccines not linked with autism, study finds' (NHS website, May 2014)
'Our position - MMR vaccine' (National Autistic Society)
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)
The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Autism and on a wide-range of disability related issues.