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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.


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What is autism?

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

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Are you looking for information on diagnosis? A formal autism diagnosis can help you get the right support.

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Blue Badge rules in England have changed for autistic people. Find out if you could now be eligible.

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Benefits and care

If you're autistic or you care for someone who is, you may be entitled to support and services.
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Information about behaviour and practical tips on supporting people whose behaviour challenges.

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

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

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Family life

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

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Find information and advice about all stages of education for autistic children and young people.
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Advice about moving between different stages of life, such as school, college and work.
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Adult life

Help with transition to adulthood, the world of work, ageing, and managing money.
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10 years of the Autism Act

We’ll be marking this anniversary by campaigning to make sure the Government improves support for autistic children and adults.

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BAME and autism

Find out more about the experiences of BAME people on the autism spectrum. 
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Stories from the Spectrum

Read Stories from the Spectrum - featuring voices from across the autism spectrum. 

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 07/01/2020 10:03:21