World Autism Awareness Week 27th March to 2nd April 2017

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured‘. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilitiesmental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

Sometimes autistic people get sensory overload.  This means that they find noises and lights too much to live with.  They may also dislike being touched by others.

How common is autism?

Autism is much more common than most people think. There are around 700,000 people in the UK living with autism – that’s more than 1 in 100. People from all nationalities and cultural, religious and social backgrounds can be autistic, although it appears to affect more men than women.

Tips for interacting with a person with autism

West Mercia Police worked with people living with the condition to create the information card shown here.

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