Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
Asperger's syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
What is it Like to Have Asperger's Syndrome?
'If something isnt going how i planned it to happen, i build up a temper and can get angry. I like my things to be organised and i get frustrated if i cant find things. I make every single attempt to think before acting but this doesnt work if i lose my temper. I get upset when people let me down and can be very sensitive about this. I can struggle with managing time appropriately so i usually have to stop and think for a while to process what i need to do. I find it hard to determine how somebody is feeling.'
What is Autism?
National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. Their work relies on your support, so please get involved or donate today.
Care Quality Commission
CQC check whether hospitals, care homes, GPs, dentists and services in your home are meeting national standards.
They do this by inspecting services and publishing their findings, helping people to make choices about the care they receive.