What is Autism?
Autism is a life-long condition which can affect a persons ability to communicate appropriately, to think flexibly and to develop social relationships. Communication is affected both verbally and non-verbally, for example by not understanding facial expressions or social cues.
Autism is a spectrum condition, which means its impact can range from moderate to severe and it can affect anyone, whether or not they have a learning disability. People with autism do not 'look' disabled; children with autism are often mistaken for being naughty or rude, while adults often feel misunderstood.
People with autism and Asperger Syndrome will have:
• Difficulty with social relationships
• Difficulty with verbal and non verbal communication
• Difficulty with flexible thinking and imagination
They also commonly have sensory difficulties.
"Reality to an autistic person is a confusing, interacting mass of events, people, places, sounds and sights. There seems to be no clear boundaries, order or meaning to anything".
(A person with autism)
An estimated 8,000 people in Berkshire have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Inadequate support can mean a lifetime of isolation, anxiety and despair for them and their families.
Find out what it's like for one person with autism by looking at these animations created by a young woman from Newbury with Asperger's Syndrome Charlotte's animations