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Those with Autism often have a different way of processing information, Often this takes the form of a more logical process with either limited or extreme emotional reactions. Autism is not a disorder or illness, but rather a different way of viewing the world and those within it. That being said it can create challenges that need support and encouragement to overcome. 

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To some degree or another we are all on the autistic spectrum with most people at a more balanced level which does not impact their daily lives. As the pendulum swings to one side or the other people can have high or low functioning autism. Autism has been referred to as autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), autistic spectrum condition (ASC) and Asperger's (for autistic people with average or above average intelligence).  

Autistic people may:

  • Struggle to socially interact.

  • Struggle to communicate or express themselves.

  • Find it hard to understand how people feel.

  • Find bright lights, tastes, textures or loud noises overwhelming.

  • Get anxious or upset at social events or unfamiliar situations. 

  • Think about the same thing repetitively. 

  • Struggle understanding their own emotions and feelings.

  • Take longer than others to understand certain things (although may be quicker with logical problems). 

However, Autism is likely to be different for each person and the severity of the condition will depend on what support you need. If you think that you or your child have Autism speak to your GP initially for guidance. 

Practical Help For Autism

Although Autism is not an illness it does present a challenge and in some cases can restrict individuals from carrying out certain roles within the work place potentially (though not always). If someone has a high degree of difficulty adaption to social conditions, work situations and daily tasks they may be eligible for the following:

Disability Support Project can help with the applications, appeals and if tribunals to make the process easier and less stressful for you. 

More help with Autism

Your GP should give you guidance on the correct path for you or your child, but if you need any further assistance or information there are some useful links below:

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