What is Autism?


Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. 

A person with Autism may have:-

  • Difficulty with social interaction, which can affect their ability to interact with others
  • Difficulty with social communication, which involves both understanding and using verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Difficulty with social imagination, which involves the ability to imagine situations outside of a daily routine
  • Sensitivity towards sounds, light, touch, taste or smell


Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that people with autism are not all the same. They have a wide range of abilities and behaviours. For example, some people have better social skills, whilst others have almost no social interaction skills at all. 


Asperger's syndrome is a form of 'high functioning' autism. This means that although the individual has average or above average intelligence, their autistic traits often have a huge impact on their everyday life.


The following sections contain useful information regarding autism and the support available