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Being autistic means having a brain that's wired differently. And that can make someone see, hear and feel the world in a different way to other people.

Sometimes everything is overwhelming. It’s like all the senses are firing, all at once. Like there’s no filter. Like getting too much information. Sometimes it can mean people are skilled in things that others aren’t. Sometimes it means the things everyone else finds so easy are the most unbearable challenges you can imagine.

Everyone on the autism spectrum is different. Some people find it difficult to say what they need, and how they feel. While others find it hard to understand people, how they expect you to behave. It works both ways, though. Autistic people can feel misunderstood.

IN 2015 WE CARRIED OUT A YOUGOV POLL AND FOUND THAT OVER 99.5% OF PEOPLE IN THE UK HAD HEARD OF AUTISM.

This means that, more or less, we're all aware of autism: "autism awareness" has arrived.

However, this doesn't mean the public understand autism. 73% of autistic people and 60% of their families told us that they change their own behaviour to reduce the chance of intolerance from the public. Our Too Much Information campaign will allow the public to find out how they can change their behaviour and help open up the world to autistic people.

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