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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.

Diagnosis

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

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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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Behaviour

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

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Communication

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

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Health

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

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Strategies and approaches

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

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Family life

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

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Education

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

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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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