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About Autism

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a child or young person sees the world and interacts with others. Autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured.’ Often people with autism feel it is a key part of their identity.

Key features of autism include difficulties with:

  • Social and emotional understanding
  • Communication and language
  • Flexibility of thought and behaviour

Some children and young people with autism may also experience sensory processing issues for example hypersensitivity to certain noises, smells or materials.

Autism is often referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Helpline service for people with ASC and learning disabilities

We want to support any people with Autism, Learning Disabilities, parents and carers who might be affected by the current Coronavirus crisis, or who just need some short-term telephone support.

See Respect For All Counselling - helpline service (external link)

Useful information - Autism Education Trust (AET)

Who to contact

For further support and guidance you can contact the Team for Autism and Social Communication (TASC).

Tel: 01706 926400

Email: RANS/

Last Updated: 06/07/2021
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