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Name Autism
Related to/Also known as Asperger's Syndrome
Symptoms of Autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability, which affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them.

People with autism have difficulties with everyday social interaction, with social communication (including not understanding facial expressions and tone of voice), and with imagination. This triad of impairments can occur by itself, but is often accompanied by other developmental disorders and learning disabilities.


"The National Autistic Society is clear that there is no link between autism and the MMR vaccine."

Source: National Autistic Society https://tinyurl.com/yy6gp9m2

Types  
Useful national contacts

The National Autistic Society
Link opens in new window www.autism.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 800 4104
Telephone interpretation service: www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/main/interpretation


Autism Initiatives
Link opens in new window www.autisminitiatives.org/default.aspx
Autism Assistance Dogs
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/ybqkgqea

Scottish Autism
Link opens in new window www.scottishautism.org
Tel. 01259 720 044
Autism Northern Ireland
Link opens in new window www.autismni.org
Tel. 028 9040 1729
Autism Cymru
Link opens in new window www.autism-cymru.org
Tel: 02920 463 263
Autistica
charity which funds and campaigns for research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis, and develop evidence-based interventions
Link opens in new window www.autistica.org.uk
Children & young people FACT (Families of Autistic Children Together)
Link opens in new window www.factautism.org.uk

Parents and carers (National Autistic Society)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y6nwgrjm


Family support (National Autistic Society)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/jua6ryx


Ambitious About Autism (for children and young people with autism)
Link opens in new window www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk
Tel. 020 8815 5444

Preparing for adult life (Contact, charity for families with disabled children)
Link opens in new window https://contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/preparing-for-adult-life

News and Events

Blue Badge rules have changed in England for autistic people (National Autistic Society, 2019)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/ybxx4v32

'Media speculation about US President's views on autism' (National Autistic Society, February 2017)

Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y5ljkh5q


'Vaccines not linked with autism, study finds' (NHS website, May 2014)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y2yedtd9

Online resources

Help for people with a learning disability, autism or both, to use NHS 111 (video by NHS England)
Link opens in new window www.england.nhs.uk/learning-disabilities/about/resources/help-for-people-with-a-learning-disability-autism-or-both-to-use-nhs-111

Link opens in new window COVID-19: Supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities (Social Care Institute for Excellence)

Coronavirus Resources (National Autistic Society)
Link opens in new window www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources.aspx


'Our position - MMR vaccine' (National Autistic Society)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/yy6gp9m2


Talk About Autism (online discussion forum for children and young people)
Link opens in new window www.talkaboutautism.org.uk
Your Community (National Autistic Society online discussion forum)
Link opens in new window http://community.autism.org.uk
Autism Spectrum disorders including Asperger's syndrome (Contact, charity with families with disabled children
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/rejr3f5

 Living with a condition (The Brain Charity)

Our resources

can I tell you about autism? The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Autism and on a wide-range of disability related issues.

Visit our library to read Can I tell you about autism? A guide for friends, family and professionals by J. Welton and J. Telford. Or have a Link opens in new window look in your local library for this book.
Find this in a library at WorldCat.org