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Autism

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Autism (including Asperger’s Syndrome) is a difference in the way that some people’s neurological functioning enables them to experience the world.

The term 'autism spectrum' refers to the range of ways the condition presents itself in an individual which can vary greatly from person to person and throughout their life.  A minority of autistic people also have a co-occurring learning disability.  Autism can be diagnosed at any age and affects both males and females.  Differences can include:

  • delayed or absent speech
  • frequent repetition of words and phrases
  • taking things literally
  • difficulty interpreting and expressing feelings
  • over or under sensitivity to sound, touch, taste, smell or light
  • rituals or repetitive behaviours
  • disliking changes to routine

General

ASSIST (Autism Support Signposting Information Services Team) and is part of The National Autistic Society. ASSIST is commissioned by Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea local authorities to provide free support for autistic adults without a co-occurring learning disability. 

National Autistic Society's NAS West London Branch are volunteers who are parents of children on the autism spectrum and professionals. It covers the London boroughs of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham and aims to offer support to parents and carers of children, but also to adults.
Contact on 07436 802 632, or NASWestLondonBranch@nas.org.uk

Kensington and Chelsea

The National Autistic Society Centre, Greater London (Ladbroke Grove) offers a safe and supportive environment in which children, young people and adults can meet other people, try new activities, explore interests and develop their confidence and independence. We also offer support and training to families, carers and professionals. Contact 020 8962 3010 or se.services@nas.org.uk

Snowflake School for autistic children. Snowflake is a new independent school which provides quality services for children on the autism spectrum

The NHS website provides more detailed information on autism.

Autistica is the UK’s national autism research charity. They focus on giving autistic people the opportunity to live long, happy, healthy lives. They do this by funding research, shaping policy and working with autistic people to understand their needs.

Mencap have produced a information page about autism.

Resource for Autism is a registered charity. They provide practical services for children and adults with a diagnosis of autism and for those who love and care for them

The Foundation for People With Learning Disabilities has produced a leaflet called What is autistic spectrum disorder?

Ambitious About Autism are a national charity for autistic children and young people. They provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change.
Their Talk About Autism initiative offers a safe and friendly online community where you can share experiences, get support, and discuss autism.

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The National Autistic Society is a leading UK charity for autistic people (including Asperger’s syndrome) and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.
If you are autistic and you want to find out more about it the National Autistic Society have provided easy-read information about autism.