To top

About autism

Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.


Kenny headshot

Photo of girl smiling on a bench

What is autism?

Definitions, research, gender issues, broaching the subject and related conditions.

Girl with support worker


Advice on getting a diagnosis and what it means, and about the professionals you'll meet along the way.

Man and woman in a garden

Benefits and care

If you're autistic or you care for someone who is, you may be entitled to support and services.
Two boys covering their ears with their hands


Information about behaviour and practical tips on supporting people whose behaviour challenges.

autistic woman and female carer


Tips for parents, autistic adolescents and adults on communication, social skills, social isolation and sex education.

Headshot of boy on the beach, smiling


From doctor's visits to mental health, find advice about your own and your child's health.

Autistic boy in a ball pond, interacting with carer

Strategies and approaches

Approaches such as SPELL, TEACCH, visual supports and Social StoriesTM can help overcome difficulties.

Natasha Lee and family

Family life

Advice for family members on holidays, going to the shops, home adaptations and more.

group of 3 male pupils working


Find information and advice about all stages of education for autistic children and young people.
mother and son


Advice about moving between different stages of life, such as school, college and work.
adults on beach

Adult life

Help with transition to adulthood, the world of work, ageing, and managing money.
autistic man

Autism strategy (England)

As a result of our campaigning work, recognition and support for autistic people in England has passed into law.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 20/09/2018 16:13:08