Figures published by The National Autistic Society state that more than 1 in 100 people in the UK are affected by autism. That means you probably know at least 1 person; of course, you may not know they are affected by autism.
Autism is a hidden condition and it’s lifelong.
I’ve signed the petition pushing the NHS and the government to ensure those affected by autism receive the support and services they need. Follow the link to find out more or get involved: http://www.autism.org.uk/push
#AutismMyth: All people with autism are geniuses or have a extraordinary ability like the Dustin Hoffman character in the film Rainman
#AutismFact: Current thinking holds that at most 1 or 2 in 200 individuals with autism may have an extraordinary talent
How well do you understand autism? Today is about raising awareness, so if this is a condition you know little about, here are a few more things to consider…
Autism is a developmental disability that affects how a person relates to people and the world around them.
It affects people to different extents and in different ways.
“Parents of young people with autism have described transition to adulthood like falling off a cliff-edge” National Autistic Society website, http://www.autism.org.uk/about-autism/myths-facts-and-statistics/myths-and-facts.aspx