Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autistic people can 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, which means there are varying degrees of how an individual is affected, all autistic people share certain difficulties, although no two people with autism will have the same experience.
Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum have the ability to learn and develop and should be supported to live a life which is best for them.
We want to ensure all our residents and our workforce, especially those with customer facing roles, are aware of autism and understand some of the social challenges those with autism face in their day to day lives.
Did you know?
- As many as one in 100 people in the UK are thought to be somewhere on the autistic spectrum
- It is thought that 52 per cent of people diagnosed with autism also have a learning disability
- Five times as many males as females are diagnosed with autism
- 27 March to 2 April is World Autism Awareness Week 2017
- Asperger’s syndrome is an autistic spectrum diagnosis
To find out more about autism, or to get resources or support, please visit:
- Autism: Improving access to social care for adults
- Lambeth Autism Group
- Living Autism
- Myths, facts and stats about autism - National Autistic Society website
- National Autistic Society
- Organisations in Lambeth that support people with autism - National Autistic Society website
- Organisations in Lambeth and Southwark that support people with autism - Lambeth and Southwark Mind website
- A year review of the Lambeth Autism Group - YouTube